Commission approves landfill expansion request, sets public hearing

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By Blenda Copeland

If you want to make public comments about an expansion being pursued by Pine Hollow Landfill southwest of Phenix City, you should attend a public hearing set for March 14.

The Russell County Commission approved on Jan. 24 the landfill’s request to expand to the northwest so that the landfill’s estimated lifespan would be about 80 years.

The proposed Pine Hollow expansion will span 172 acres with a 500-ton-a-day volume. It will have an estimated 18.5 cubic yards of space available.

The landfill is bordered by Old Brickyard Road and South Seale Road. According to the online 2015 ADEM listing, Craig Reaves was the contact person for the Pine Hollow Landfill.

The landfill accepts construction and demolition waste from Barbour, Chambers, Lee, Macon, and Russell counties in Alabama, and Chattahoochee, Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot and Troup counties in Georgia. 

Jacob Roth repeated his presentation from Jan. 22, noting the proposed site is in an area that’s mostly undeveloped and that there will be a buffer. The natural vegetation there will be kept.

In another highlight from the Jan. 24 meeting, the commission also approved changes to the county’s comprehensive plan. Commissioner Cattie Epps asked what the changes/updates were; she was told commissioners received that information two previous times. Epps and Commissioner Larry Screws were the only two to vote no on the motion; it passed by majority.