Pittsylvania County to accept trash from Martinsville, Henry County to generate added revenue

Southside Virginia News

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Pittsylvania County has begun accepting solid waste from neighboring localities in a revenue-generating move.

Starting on Jan. 1, First Piedmont Corporation will haul solid waste from Martinsville and Henry County to the Pittsylvania County landfill in Dry Fork in a move that will generate $30 for every ton of garbage to the county – which is expected to generate nearly $1.4 million in revenue each year.

“Because of our strategic efforts to maximize its efficiency and increase its lifespan, our landfill is one of our greatest assets. Instead of losing money on the landfill and struggling to pay for any capital improvements to our solid waste infrastructure, we are now creating revenue that will more than cover the costs of improvements.”

Richard Hicks, Deputy County Administrator

Officials with Pittsylvania County have worked closely with consultants such as Labella Associates to improve the operations of the landfill. Some of these improvements include enhancing the compaction abilities, improving proper safety procedures, and ensuring that the operation meets all environmental protocols.

“We are always trying to improve existing services and sometimes even add new ones without having to raise taxes and fees, and using our landfill to bring in additional revenue is just one example of the many creative revenue streams we have tapped into. Our landfill can generate revenue for our locality and still serve several generations of our citizens.”

David Smitherman, Pittsylvania County Administrator

Bays Trash Removal began hauling solid waste from the Town of Bedford to the Pittsylvania County landfill in January of this year for a rate of $30 per ton, which yields approximately $450,000 annually.

Henry County and Martinsville will provide approximately 40,000 tons of solid waste per year at that same rate of $30 per ton.

The Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit to Pittsylvania County earlier in October to increase the annual tonnage that comes into the landfill, making way for Martinsville and Henry County to begin sending solid waste.

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