Sussex County MUA Landfill Expansion

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The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) recently completed a landfill expansion that is being funded with approximately $8.8 million in loans from the NJ Water Bank, a joint low-rate funding program of the DEP and the NJIB. Including interest cost savings, total savings for this project are estimated to be $2.2 million, over the 10-year term of the loan or 25% of the total project cost. In addition, this project created an estimated 106 direct construction jobs.  

The landfill was constructed in 1990 has a current capacity of 1,018,000 cubic yards and receives solid waste from twenty-four municipalities in Sussex County. Improvements included an access road, installation of a mechanically stabilized earthen berm, an extended base liner, a drain system, a leachate side-riser system, a stormwater collection berm, and electrical work. The MSE berm ranges from 10 to 17 feet high, and is the first MSE berm to be approved and constructed in New Jersey at a Solid Waste Landfill.  Non-recyclable waste is sent to the landfill, placed in lifts and compacted in place. The expanded landfill will have gained an additional capacity of approximately 5,600,000 cubic yards. 

According to Carl Lazzaro, Sussex County Freeholder, "The Sussex   County MUA provides our residents and businesses with environmentally sound and cost effective solid waste disposal, wastewater treatment and recycling services. This project won an award from the Association of Environmental Authorities for Forward Thinking. It provides an innovative, cost effective and environmentally sound landfill expansion and provides sufficient revenue to support ongoing SCMUA solid waste operations. This project is an example of the SCMUA's dedication to deliver cutting edge waste disposal and protect the environment at the lowest possible cost to our community." 

This project was designed by Cornerstone Engineering Group who also performed resident engineering and inspection services during construction. SCS Engineers performed QA/QC inspection services. The project was constructed by a joint venture of A Servidone, Inc./B. Anthony Construction Corp./Barbella Construction Services, LLC.

Picture courtesy of Sussex County MUA.

Published 7/10/2018