DeKalb updates progress on new landfill cell

DeKalb County officials announced updates on May 10 regarding progress on a new 22-acre replacement cell at Seminole Landfill – the only landfill owned by the county.

In May 2022, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 to approve a request by the Sanitation Department for $21.2 million for the construction of the new replacement cell.

A news release states that construction of the new cell began in November 2022 and is expected to be completed by June 1. The news release states that the location of the cell—or waste disposal area—is within the existing footprint of the Seminole Landfill that has been in operation since 1977.

Once construction is completed, DeKalb County Sanitation Department will seek approval to open the new cell from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

County officials stated that EPD inspections, professional engineer certifications, and the construction quality assurance report for the new cell are expected to be submitted to EPD by June 1.

The news release states that once the new cell is approved, the sanitation department will discontinue operations in the cell located nearest the Rock Mill neighborhood. The news release adds that “once operations discontinue in the current cell, no additional solid waste will be placed near this community. The cell will be covered with dirt and grass will be planted on top of it.”


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