Macon landfill has less than 10 years, survey says

Macon’s landfill has about 9.7 years to go before it is filled up, according to the results of an aerial survey the city commissioned.

That time span is generally about what officials had expected based on previous but less accurate methods, although in the past year some concerns had been raised that the landfill may only have a couple of years left.

How much space remains is a key question the city has faced because once the landfill is topped off, it will take millions of dollars to close and monitor it for the next 30 years.

With the new numbers now in hand, Richard Powell, Macon’s public works director, told City Council members Monday that he is working on a plan to close the landfill in seven years.