Landfill photoEver since the Sonoma County central landfill—the dump—reopened, in September of 2010, it has been engaged in a race pitting space against time: Can they get a new permit to expand the facility before the existing legal capacity at the site is filled?

All of this revival of activity at the landfill was possible, explains operations manager Rick Downey, because the previous board of supervisors had suspended deliveries there, but stopped short of officially closing the facility.

DowneyOperations Manager Rick Downey stands alongside the access road leading to the nearly filled "cell"  behind him at the Sonoma County Central LandfillAssuming that the new permit is forthcoming, as expected, Downey suggests that the county would do well to begin thinking about further expansion at the Mecham Road site west of Cotati. But they shouldn't wait too long to get started.



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