The Dothan City Commission approved funds to expand the Dothan landfill Tuesday.
For a while, the landfill was almost filled to capacity, prompting the city to limit its use for city purposes.
Public works director Charles Metzger said the lack of available space also forced the landfill to send its waste to a waste management facility in Campbellton.
With this additional cell, the city will be able to save approximately a million dollars by handling its own waste as well as expand the landfill’s use.
“This is just an expansion of our existing landfill we’ve been working on with ADEM,” Metzger said. “It was closed to the public several years ago till we could get it expanded and get the permits and the design and the construction so the construction should start in the next few weeks, and we’re hoping in next six months we’ll be back accepting garbage, and we also have a C&D landfill as part of that.”
Overall, the total cost of the expansion project should come to about $3.4 million. Construction is set to start later this month.