Escambia County Waste Services is currently constructing the next area of the Perdido Landfill, Section 5 – Cell 1B, for the placement of waste generated within the county. Cell 1B is a nearly 20-acre engineered landfill cell that will provide the landfill an additional 4.75 years of constructed life. The landfill is permitted for two additional cells once Cell 1B is full.
About the Process
The process of adding an additional cell begins with design by an engineering firm that uses the latest materials and techniques in the industry. The design is approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is then bid out to qualified contractors for the construction.
Construction begins with preparing the subgrade to design specifications using approved soils and proper compaction, as tested by a third-party Construction Quality Control firm. Once the subgrade is approved, a double synthetic liner system is installed. This liner system consists of the following layers:
- Geosynthetic clay liner
- Secondary 60-mil HDPE liner
- Geocomposite leak detection
- Primary 60-mil HDPE liner
- Geocomposite leachate collection
- Two feet of protective cover
Once the liner is installed, the CQC firm will submit their final report to FDEP for approval and permitting. The construction process for Cell 1B takes approximately nine months to complete. Waste Service estimates the first loads of waste will be placed in the new cell by early April 2023.
“Our mission at the Waste Services Department is to handle the county’s residential and commercial waste in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Escambia County Waste Services Director Don Seitz. “Most residents don’t think about where their waste goes after they take it to the curb. Waste Services is here to make sure that it continues to be disposed of properly for years to come with this new cell and the most modern landfill design.”
Learn more about Escambia County Waste Services here.
Drone footage showing landfill cell construction: