Quarry Conversion

by Robert K. Twardock, P.E., (M.ASCE), Sr. Proj. Engr.; STS Consultants, Ltd., Vernon Hills, IL,
Douglas J. Hermann, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; STS Consultants, Ltd., Vernon Hills, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 9, Pg. 68-70

Document Type: Feature article


All over the country, old landfills are filling rapidly, and potential new sites—and public support for them—are in short supply. Cities are faced with increasing solid waste disposal costs for years to come and no control over costs for private haulers and disposal companies. The city of Bristol, Va., found a way to tackle this problem by converting an abandoned rock quarry into a landfill. The new landfill will replace an existing one that is located immediately adjacent. The new site, which can handle in excess of 400 tons/day of solid waste, will solve the disposal needs of the city's residents and surrounding communities for up to 50 years. The eight-year project made productive use of the quarry, which would otherwise have remained a safety hazard and a liability. Initiated by the city in 1988, the project was completed in early 1998 and began accepting waste in March.

Subject Headings: Landfills | Solid wastes | Waste disposal | Project management | Public participation | Private sector | Urban areas | Rocks

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