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Orange County has received approval to operate the first cell of its recently completed landfill.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a certificate to operate Cell 1 of the new facility, county officials said Wednesday. The county was under a state mandate to close its existing, unlined facility, which was built in 1973, by Dec. 31.
"Receiving certification has been quite a feat," county Public Works Director Kurt Hildebrand said.
After a 4-year effort, Cell 1 has been deemed complete, after it was constructed using the newest technology and innovations, officials said. It is one of eight cells in the 43.6-acre landfill, estimated to be capable of serving Orange County's trash disposal needs for some 38 years.
"We are very proud of the construction and work to date on the Orange County Landfill," Board of Supervisors Chairman S. Teel Goodwin said. "We are exceptionally pleased that the work was completed in a timely manner and that the certificate to operate was received 18 days ahead of schedule. We hope that Cell 1 will serve residents well for years to come."
The new landfill is expected to begin operating Jan. 3.