CFS looks to add tonnage to landfill

Published 3:27 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors and the Lunenburg County Planning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 19, on possible modifications to the operation of the Container First Services Disposal and Recycling Services of Lunenburg (CFS) landfill.

The hearing was necessary for a proposal by the company to modify the conditions of the existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP) concerning its municipal waste operation on several locations adjacent to the county’s Old Mansion Road.

The primary changes from the existing CUP are an increase in the permitted height of the landfill from 584 feet above mean sea level to 790 feet above mean sea level and increase of allowable permitted tons per day above the current permitted limit of 1,000 tons per day, the county’s Facebook page said.

This meeting follows a joint October work session of the planning commission and landfill committee.

Consequently, the supervisors tabled the matter to review possible changes in the host agreement, which is part of the CUP, and to get answers to questions raised by the public during the hearing, said Glenn T. Millican Jr., with the Lunenburug County Planning and Economic Development Office of the Administrator.

The planning commission did not refer the issue to the supervisors, Millican said.

“They are just moving forward with the review,” he said. “This is just an issue that takes a considerable amount of time to work through.”

The landfill’s relationship with the community has been the stuff of a soap opera.

Through the years, residents have complained about trash in the road and area around the landfill.

Meanwhile, the company maintains it has spent millions upgrading the operation since purchasing the Lunenburg landfill in 2013, contributing to a smoother operation of the facility.

In addition, the company pours precious dollars into the community.

Recently, CFS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste, presented a $50,000 donation to local fire and rescue organizations, with funds going to Victoria Fire and Rescue, Kenbridge Volunteer Fire Department and Meherrin Volunteer Fire Department.

CFS, located at 45 Landfill Road, makes an annual $50,000 donation to county organizations through the board of supervisors. The company notes these monies are used in areas that affect as many citizens as possible with an emphasis on education, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.