It can be easy to assume that Bi-County Solid Waste Management Systems is preparing to start burying waste directly across from Dover Road from the main entrance to the existing landfill.

But for all the dirt work that’s hard not to notice for motorists passing the area’s main landfill, that’s not what’s happening, according to Bi-County Manager Mark Neblett.

“We are currently digging about 50 acres in front of the landfill, and we truck that soil to the landfill,” said Neblett.

“You can never get enough land for a landfill. We actually own this property across the road where our teams are digging.

“We were fortunate enough to acquire these acres some time ago, and we also have another 80 acres that we haven’t even touched yet, which extend beyond those 50 acres off Dover Road. “said Neblett.

The Woodlawn Water Tower can be seen through the arch of an excavator bucket which sits on a site with a large hole in the ground on the ground in front of Bi-County Solid Waste Management in Woodlawn, Tenn., Monday September 7, 20, 2021.

“Nowhere in the future is there a plan to put garbage on Dover Road from the landfill we already have,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Bi-County continues to accept waste from outside its dedicated service area in Montgomery and Stewart Counties, and Fort Campbell – perhaps most notably through a contract it has with the neighboring town of Franklin.

Neblett said this controversial contract expires in about five years.

It was originally viewed by former Bi-County officials as a revenue generator for the local solid waste authority, but it has also come under heavy criticism for its potential to shorten the life of the existing landfill from Dover Road, consuming space where local waste could go.

Neblett said Bi-County is currently in good graces with the state Department of Environment and Conservation for its waste and leachate management practices.

He said the solid waste authority continues to create impenetrable landfill liners in a planned and methodical manner to protect the groundwater in the surrounding area.

Bi-County continues to accept treated sludge from the City of Clarksville sewage treatment plant, which is mixed and landfilled with common commercial and residential waste.

This mud is also the main source of odor that residents of Woodlawn and motorists passing by the landfill frequently notice and sometimes complain.

Neblett said Bi-County will continue to accept the city’s sludge shipments until Clarksville comes up with other ways to handle them, and officials say this is still ongoing.

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