Study aims to extend life of Fargo Landfill

Image by: City of Fargo
Image by: City of Fargo

(Fargo, ND) -- A new study is underway aimed at extending the life of Fargo's landfill.

"I would say that we are pretty well ahead of the game in terms of what technologies we use currently in our waste handling operations.  We are one of the larger ones.  We bring in upwards of some 220 thousand tons a year," said Scott Olson, Solid Waste Utility Engineer for the City of Fargo. 

Olson said they're also reclaiming the city's original landfill on the east side of 45th street.  That original site covers 160 acres.  That old site was used from the late 1950s to the late 1980s.  The landfill on the west side of 45th street has been in use for more than 30 years but there is only about a year or two left of available space on that side for household waste.  

Part of the study is aimed at finding ways to divert more garbage from the landfill and using other technologies to process waste.