Interesting article in today’s Orlando Sentinel. Across Central Florida, counties are reporting a sharp drop in the amount of household garbage, commercial waste and construction materials getting dumped into their waste facilities compared with a year ago. Orange County experienced a 17% drop from the same time period the previous year. Osceola County experienced a 20% drop from a year ago. And Lake County experienced an 8% drop in the first 3 months of the fiscal year. With the continued economic troubles, the amount of trash brought to landfills is expected to continue to decrease.
The bad news – counties are receiving less revenues from tipping fees.
The good news – landfills are getting filled at a slower pace. And that’s good news for Jacksonville’s citizens.
One of the “reasons” the City has cited for going with a no-bid contract with Waste Management is that the Trail Ridge landfill is quickly filling up and will be out of space soon. They projected that would occur in 5-7 years. City officials have cried out in alarmist fashion that if that happens before they can have the contract to operate the additional space and the additional space permitted to operate, the City will have to ship garbage out of the county – and that would prove to be very costly.
Seems like that the City will have more time now until the landfill is filled – so that won’t be a problem anymore. WIth the economy not expected to recover in Florida until 2011, the City will now have additional time to bid the contract out.