Why do we need another landfill?
The rapid population growth in southern Salt Lake and Northern Utah Counties demands we create another landfill in the area. The existing landfills are overtaxed and the Trans-Jordan Landfill is projected to close by 2030, creating an even more urgent demand for an additional landfill.
Where will the landfill be?
The Intermountain Regional Landfill will be located within the Fairfield City limits in the Cedar Valley, which is just 25 miles west from central Utah County and the I-15 corridor.
Who will the Intermountain Regional Landfill service?
IRL hopes to service the municipalities of Southern Salt Lake and Northern Utah Counties, to relieve the tremendous pressure on existing landfills, by accepting commercial waste.
Aren’t the existing landfills enough for our area?
No. The existing landfills cannot sufficiently service the growing population of the area, which is expected to surge by over 800,000 people in the coming two decades.* In addition, the existing landfills are over 100 miles away from the areas they serve, resulting in high long-haul fees, and an unacceptable amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the environment. The financial burden placed on municipalities and, ultimately, the taxpayers to rely on landfills that are so far away is unnecessary. Given the current economic condition of our state, we must do all we can to diminish exorbitant utility fees.
When will the Intermountain Regional Landfill open?
IRL hopes to open in fall 2011. The company has been granted Class I Municipal Landfill status by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, allowing the site to be built. The company is now seeking a change in license to a Class V Commercial Landfill permit, which will allow it to accept nonhazardous solid waste from any source.
What is the difference between a Class I and Class V landfill?
Both the Class I and Class V licenses allow a landfill to accept non-hazardous solid waste, such as waste generated by residences, restaurants, or office buildings. Under a Class I, we are licensed to accept waste under contract with municipalities. With a Class V, we can accept waste from any source, in addition to municipalities, helping to relieve the burden on over-taxed, existing landfills.
What kind of waste will the landfill accept?
IRL will only accept municipal solid waste, the type of waste accepted at any county landfill. The law does not allow a Class V permit holder to accept any hazardous or nuclear waste.
Will the landfill pose a danger to the environment or community where it will sit?
Absolutely not. There is little danger in todays, modern landfills. The landfill is surrounded with extremely durable four-layer, high-density, geo-synthetic, felt and mess liners, which is state-of-the art technology. Our proposed landfill structure has been approved by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, and meets or exceeds their requirements and standards.
Is there a risk of the waste from the landfill leaking into the water supply?
No. The water supply for the nearby community is completely separate from the landfill. Nothing can escape the landfill; therefore there is no risk to the community at all.
What will the company do to ensure the community and environment is safe?
IRL has the most advanced monitoring and safety equipment available in the industry today. Our team is extremely experienced in the operation of landfills and will be prepared for any challenge that might appear. We are committed to being an engaged partner to the communities we serve. It’s our home.
Who is running the Intermountain Regional Landfill?
IRL is managed by Rob Richards, a highly-respected, experienced executive in Utah’s waste industry. Rob has over 14 years experience and boasts accomplishments, such as the development of a waste hauling company, transfer stations, recycling centers, as well as the 500-acre Tekoi Landfill. The financial backing for the landfill is being provided by private, Utah entities, and managed by Jonathan Slager of the ROC Fund, a private equity firm with offices here in Utah.
Why do you call yourselves the greener waste solution?
IRL provides a logical, green alternative to the municipalities, business and citizens it will ultimately serve: its close proximity will reduce hauling fees, saving us money; the proximity also reduces travel time, resulting in fewer emissions of air pollution into the environment, which is something we all want as our air quality is now ranked among the worst in the nation; our sustainability program will encourage innovative recycling and reuse programs, which will help preserve the planet for future generations.