As the company's environmental engineer, I can directly and accurately respond to the question about 'what's up' at PCA's landfill.
The landfill is permitted to consist of seven cells, three of which have been constructed. The northernmost cell, along Hwy 86, is full and we are in the process of capping it. The capping involves a series of actions including grading the landfilled material to a predetermined final grade, compacting the graded surface, installing a flexible membrane, overtopping the membrane with several layers of sand, and finishing it off with a topsoil layer to support vegetation. Project work is expected to conclude in early November of this year.
The fourth landfill cell will be constructed in 2006.
Based on historic utilization rates, PCA forecasts that all seven landfill cells will be filled by about 2032.