Marion County Solid Waste is preparing to transition from operating a landfill to a transfer station.
The current landfill is expected to reach its maximum capacity by July. And once that happens, newly collected waste will be transported to a landfill in Sumter County. The arrangement provides for 2.5 million cubic tons of landfill space for Marion County to dispose of its waste and thereby necessitates converting the Baseline landfill into a transfer station.
All of Marion County’s 18 recycling centers will remain fully operational and residents can continue to dispose of waste as they have in the past.
“We still accept household waste, tires and most of the same items we have for decades,” said George White, Solid Waste manager. “We even help properly retire U.S. flags.”
Officials say this change won’t impact most residents and the county doesn’t expect increases to the solid waste assessment anytime soon. But there are a few things that will no longer be accepted at the landfill beginning this month. Those include abrasive grit, asbestos, boats, broken concrete, concrete pipes, contaminated soil, deceased pets and livestock, dirt and rocks, power poles, railroad ties, RVs/campers/mobile homes and sludge.
Officials pointed out that multiple companies in the local area collect the items mentioned above, so residents are being asked to use those alternative disposal resources as needed.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience during this transitional period,” said Jody Kirkman, Marion County Environmental Services director. “Safeguarding the environment is a top priority and we will continue adapting to our growing population’s needs.”
Marion County Solid Waste also offers several waste-disposal programs, including e-waste, furniture collection and others. A complete list of special programs can be found by clicking HERE.
“We have plenty of helpful initiatives in motion at all times,” White said. “One really interesting service we provide is sharps disposal. County residents can stop by any of our convenient recycling centers and pick up a sharps container for free.”
Sharps containers are made of hard plastic and are used to safety dispose of items like hypodermic needs and other sharp medical instruments, such as disposable scalpels and intravenous catheters. Sharps waste is classified as biohazardous and must be carefully handled, officials say.
For more information, visit marioncountyfl.org/solidwaste or call (352) 671-8465.