Chandler officials are planning a new way to get rid of residents’ trash as the city’s landfill becomes increasingly packed.
The city opened its landfill in 1981, but the facility will fill up by October 2005. Before that happens, the city wants to build a transfer station where it can sort trash and recyclables before sending the stuff to another landfill southwest of Phoenix.
Chandler will share its plans for this new transfer station Wednesday, giving the public a chance to see the proposed building, landscaping and construction time line. The plans will go before the City Council Oct. 9.
The city will construct the solid waste services complex at the city’s existing transfer station, 3200 S. McQueen Road. Two phases are planned and the cost is estimated at $7.5 million to $8 million, said Karen Barfoot, assistant municipal utilities director.
The first phase will include a temporary drop off area where residents can take trash while the new complex is under construction. The city will demolish the existing facilities and build new offices, a recycling building and a hazardous waste building in the second phase.
The new facility will accept all the city’s trash from curbside and alley collections. Once the trash reaches the transfer station, it will be loaded onto larger trucks and hauled to the Butterfield Landfill southwest of Phoenix.
The city plans to open the facility by February 2005, Barfoot said, giving the city plenty of time before the landfill hits capacity. When the landfill closes, the city will build a park over it.
Chandler’s landfill lasted 10 years longer than expected, Barfoot said, because of recycling and better compaction techniques. That extra life saved enough money to pay for the new facility.
What: Open house to show plans for Chandler’s new solid waste services complex.
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Chandler Municipal Airport, 2380 S. Stinson Way