Council approves landfill expansion plan

Construction workers excavate a new cell at Columbia’s municipal landfill. City officials say the landfill will reach capacity no later than 2031.

City council members on Monday night green-lit a plan to more than double the city's landfill capacity.

City documents showed the landfill off Brown Station Road will fill up sometime between 2026 and 2031. Solid Waste Utility Manager Steve Hunt said the current landfill occupied 90 acres. The plan approved Monday night would add a new, 200-acre landfill south of the current one. The city already owns the land.

Hunt said Columbia’s garbage production has remained flat despite its growing population. However, tougher environmental regulations since the early 1990s closed most of the municipal landfills in mid-Missouri. He said all garbage in mid-Missouri goes to one of three landfills in Columbia, Jefferson City or Macon.

If the new landfill is built, Hunt said it would last the city between 40 and 80 years. The city still needs to get a permit approved through the Department of Natural Resources.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the results of Monday night's city council vote

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