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Landfill expanded to fit more trash in Dubuque County

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Construction to make the landfill in Dubuque bigger is almost complete.

"We're running out of space, we've purchased a great deal of property the last decade to make sure we've got a big enough footprint," said Ric Jones, city council member and board member of the agency.

Managed by Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, the expansion will be cell number nine. The 10-acres are expected to have enough room to fill more than 440,000 tons of trash, up to 60-years worth.

The construction is a sophisticated process. The various layers of the landfill will help protect groundwater from being contaminated.

"They're kind of complex, they start with a compacted clay base, and then a vapor barrier that'll keep any moisture from getting down into the ground water, and then some rock and chewed up tires, and some drainage pipes, another layer to filter the chunks out," Jones said.

According to project leaders, it's also to protect the community. "The solid waste that has to be disposed of, has to be disposed of correctly. It's a public health issue."

The $3.2 million project has been funded through fees paid at the landfill, also loans from Dubuque County. 

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