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Chairman Bob Warren explains why Pittsylvania County has elected to use the landfill to create revenue.
As the leaders of your community, we are always looking for ways that we can save and make money that don’t involve raising taxes and fees. Through years of strategic and focused efforts to improve the efficiency of the landfill operations, we have found a very effective way to pay for expansions into new cells – necessary and expensive expenditures that are coming up soon – without increasing taxes or fees: accepting solid waste from other localities.
To put it bluntly, our landfill is one of our biggest assets, but for years it has been cost-neutral at best. While the current solid waste fees and landfill payments can mostly cover the operations of the landfill and convenience centers, there is not extra for additional expenses – such as expansions, improvements, or the development of new convenience centers.
With just local solid waste going into our landfill, the lifespan extends well over 100 years. By adding solid waste from neighboring localities like the Town of Bedford, Martinsville, and Henry County, we still have a lifespan that expends multiple generations and over 75 years. Though it may shorten the lifespan of the landfill slightly, we believe that bringing in solid waste from other localities is worth it. Instead of scrambling to find ways to pay for capital improvements, we have a guaranteed revenue stream that will cover all these costs and enable us to do even more, all without our citizens bearing the cost.
Our landfill is unique in size and lifespan compared to other Virginia localities, which is why we want to use it to create revenue without compromising the benefits for our citizens.
—Bob Warren, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors