Ada County to expand landfill, increase transparency

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Ada County to expand landfill, increase transparency

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by Stephanie Zepelin and KTVB.COM

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:16 PM

ADA COUNTY -- Ada County leaders talked about the future of the Ada County Landfill with the public Thursday night, including plans to expand and a need for more transparency.

This comes a few months after the end of the controversial Dynamis project out at the Hidden Hollow Landfill. The Ada County Commissioners' Chief of Staff Larry Maneely briefly mentioned it by admitting that it was "poorly handled," and they are focusing on moving forward by being more transparent.

The Ada County Operations and Landfill Director Dave Logan said they have a solution for the ever-growing trash at the landfill, which is to put it in a new area called the North Cell Ravine.

"It really is a 100-year solution for Ada County. Which is pretty cool, because it really means that our generation and maybe generations to come are going to have a solution for solid waste management," said Logan.

The county also talked about possibly adding another scrubber, which takes gas from the landfill and converts it into energy.

"This will enable us to actually draw more gas out of the landfill. It helps reduce the odor and helps clean up the air around the landfill," said Logan.

The smells coming from the landfill brought out Boise resident Richard Llewelyn out to the presentation.

"I think the last 10 years is when it has become more of a problem," said Llewelyn.

Llewelyn looks forward to fewer odors wafting down toward his home off Hill Road.

"The scrubbing unit will allow them to draw more of a vacuum, and that should allow them to control the odors more," Llewelyn said.

He is also glad the county had the meeting and there will likely be more meetings like this in the future as part of the county's effort to be more transparent.

"Every time we start a project we plan on inviting the community in to have input on it," said Logan.

With the Hidden Hollow Landfill closing, their waste will be diverted into the North Cell Ravine.

Ada County will issue a request for proposals for the scrubber project in a couple of weeks.

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