The Hastings Solid Waste Landfill Facility is seeking a permit to expand the current landfill space to accommodate increasing waste needs. The proposed expansion would increase the height as well as the total area to the west, extending the life of the landfill until the year 2037.
The city is in communication with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to modify the current waste management permit to increase the landfill footprint from 29.2 acres to 33.2 acres. Construction at the landfill site is slated to begin this spring or early summer, said Jack Newlun, Hastings Landfill superintendent.
"We're still working on the design phases of the expansion, but we're on track for spring construction," Newlun said. "We're trying to utilize the landfill footprint to the best of its ability for the future. We are trying to make sure we can use every bit of space we have out there."
Throughout its lifetime, a landfill goes through multiple, identical constriction phases that are each designed to expand the landfill capacity to accommodate increases in waste volume as chambers of the landfill reach capacity. The city landfill is currently in phase four of six, and the expansion would move the facility into phase five.