Partial landfill closure to cost Victoria $2.75 million

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 15, 2014 at 1:15 a.m.
Updated June 16, 2014 at 1:16 a.m.

Victoria City Council will consider spending $2.75 million to close 46 acres of the city landfill at its Tuesday meeting.

This is the first portion of the city landfill to ever be closed, Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak said.

The area, which was first used in 1983, has reached the maximum height of 110 feet allowed under the city's permit, Lesak said.

With about 60 acres left at the landfill, which is located on Farm-to-Market Road 1686, Lesak projects the facility has a life span through 2032.

"We're adding life to the landfill because of the recycling program, but some of that is being offset with growth," Lesak said.

Because of long-term planning, the city will be able to pay cash for the work. Trash customers will not see a change in their rates, said Victoria Finance Director Gilbert Reyna.

Of the $13.75 monthly rate customers pay for trash service, about 64 cents is put in a restricted fund specifically for closing the landfill, which is a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulation, Reyna said. The fee does not include recycling, household hazardous waste or brush pickup.

Environmental Industrial Services Group, a Houston-based company, is expected to begin putting the final cap on the 46 acres June 30.

This construction project, estimated to take nine months to complete, involves installing 12 inches of cover soil, an 18-inch clay liner, a nonwoven cushion geo-textile, a landfill liner, a geo-composite liner and 18 inches of fill dirt, plus a 6-inch erosion layer. It will then be seeded with grass.

Over time, the closed portion will settle, materials will decompose, and the area will compact, allowing the city to go back and add more trash to that portion so long as it doesn't reach higher than 110 feet, Lesak said.

The 4.5-foot cap will boost the landfill's methane production, which is currently being piped to an area plant, Lesak said.

Victoria's is the only landfill within a 100-mile area, Lesak said.

Communities from Edna, Ganado, Point Comfort, Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor and Seadrift all use the landfill as well as Formosa and some area counties including Calhoun, DeWitt and Lavaca.



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