Pine Hollow C&D Landfill hopes to expand, public comments sought as project hopes to move forward

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By Blenda Copeland

A Construction & Demolition (C&D) landfill in Russell County is hoping to seek state permitting for an expansion – if county commissioners cleared a local hurdle Wednesday.

If the request for a landfill local siting application was approved Wednesday at the commission meeting, the landfill will be able to pursue state level approval for the project. Ultimately, permits, etc. are controlled by Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).

An online 2015 ADEM listing of C&D and industrial landfills shows Russell County has three of those kinds of landfills: one that serves MeadWestvaco (now called WestRock); Phenix City’s municipal landfill and the last, Pine Hollow Inc. Landfill, which was listed as accepting waste from Barbour, Chambers, Lee, Macon, and Russell counties in Alabama, and Chattahoochee, Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot and Troup counties in Georgia.

Jacob Roth presented an overview Monday evening to commissioners about the proposed Pine Hollow expansion. He explained the proposed site is in an area that’s mostly undeveloped and that there will be a buffer, noting the natural vegetation there will be kept.

As is, Roth said the Pine Hollow landfill spans 102 acres, has a 500-ton-a-day volume and has an estimated 6.4 million cubic yards of space available. Its estimated service life is about another 28 years if current factors remain as they are today. Roth pointed out that Phenix City’s landfill is the next nearest landfill to Pine Hollow and that reportedly that landfill is filling up.

The proposed Pine Hollow expansion, if approved, would span 172 acres with a 500-ton-a-day volume. It would have an estimated 18.5 cubic yards of space available, estimated to last about 80 years.

Roth referred to the expansion as a “viable alternative.”

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.