Landfill

When it comes to solid waste disposal, Pittsylvania County is in a unique position compared to many of our neighboring localities. While the surrounding cities and counties either have landfills with short lifespans or contract hauling companies to export their trash, Pittsylvania County has a 450 acre landfill that can operate for nearly 150 years with just Pittsylvania County trash. 

But the costs ofSolid Waste Numbers  operating a landfill of this scale are very significant. Aside from the annual operating costs of nearly $1.4 million, roughly $7.8 million in capital expenses are already on the horizon at the landfill over the next five years, regardless of the amount of outside trash coming in. Those costs include the purchase of two large pieces of equipment totalling over $1.3 million, as well as  roughly $6 million to close the current cell and expand into a new section of the landfill.

Solid waste collections, which includes the convenience centers, also costs just over $2 million annually to operate. The $120 annual Solid Waste Fee is used to cover the general operating costs of both the landfill and the convenience centers, but the revenue from the Fee doesn't cover capital expenses. That's why Pittsylvania County has agreed to generate revenue by bringing in solid waste from surrounding localities. These new revenue streams from contracts will cover the majority of upcoming capital costs. Without the solid waste fee and outside revenue, Pittsylvania County would be required to either incur significant debt, raise taxes and fees, or reduce investments in other critical areas like public safety and education. 

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Solid Waste & Recycling / Landfill

Physical Address
382 Rainbow Lane, Dry Fork, VA 24549

Tipping Fee: $41 per ton

Phone: 434-432-7980

Fax: 434-432-3057

Hours
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

First Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pilot Convenience Centers:
Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the landfill accepting trash from our neighbors?Annual Solid Waste Disposal Expenses

The Pittsylvania County Landfill is accepting trash from neighboring localities as a way to cover upcoming expenses so that our citizens don't bear the costs. Without the revenue coming from other localities, the $6 million cost of moving into the next cell of the landfilla lengthy and necessary processwould be covered by increased taxes or fees or through debt. Pittsylvania County leaders decided that utilizing the landfill to cover some of those capital costs is the best financial option.

If the landfill is generating revenue, why do I still have to pay the Solid Waste Fee?

The roughly $1.8 million in annuTotal Annual Solid Waste Expensesal revenue that will be generated from other localities will help cover $7.8 million in necessary, one-time expenses like the purchase of new equipment, the expansion into a new cell of the landfill, and the development of several new convenience centers. These expenses would be necessary whether or not Pittsylvania County was accepting outside trash. On the other hand, the solid waste fee, which generates roughly $3 million a year, covers more of the day-to-day operating costs at the landfill and convenience centers.

What are the benefits of using the landfill to generate revenue?

The primary benefit of utilizing the landfill in this way is that you, the taxpayer, won't have to bear any extra costs to keep the landfill and convenience centers running efficiently. For significant capital costs like the purchase of new equipment, expanding into a new area of the landfill, or building new convenience centers, there are several options: increase the flow of trash, raise taxes and fees, incur substantial debt, or reduce contributions in other crucial areas. Before the Solid Waste Fee, operating the landfill and convenience centers did reduce Pittsylvania County's ability to invest in crucial areas like public safety. 

Accepting trash from our neighboring localities will lead to a slight reduction in the lifespan of the landfill. With Pittsylvania County residents usually putting about 40,000 tons of garbage into the landfill annually, the landfill has an estimated lifespan of more than 140 years. By accepting a combined 60,000 tons annually from Martinsville and Henry County and the Town of Bedford, that lifespan remains between 75 and 100 years. We believe that a slight reduction in the substantial lifespan of our landfill is a cost worth paying to keep extra taxes and fees off of our citizens.