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Inside Marathon County's new landfill


There will soon be a shift in where your garbage will go. A new landfill is being built in Ringle, just down the road from the current one. But, the process of building a new landfill hasn't been easy.

It's taken more than 10 years, millions of dollars, and a lot of planning, but construction for Marathon County's newest landfill has begun.

"This started out as woods, it looked like everything you see behind me," said Project Manager Joe Falle.

Now, the project is moving along.

"We moved about 400,000 yards of soil," explained Falle.

It started with 4 feet of clay, then crews added a thick plastic liner.

"The clay was compacted down and the liner is used as extra protection," said Falle.

In a few weeks, crews will lay a foot of stone and a series of pumps.

"Once we're approved we can start laying waste here," said Falle.

The new landfill is expected to be finished next year.

"It's environmental protection, it's the best technology we have the state of the art landfill," said Falle.

Until it's done your trash will stay right here. Waste management leaders say a second landfill was built in 1993. Trucks from all over north central Wisconsin dump the trash and then it's compacted into the soil. Soon, the current landfill will be closed. Right now there's more than 100 ft of solid waste piled up. That's more than 2 million tons of trash.

"That's why it's time to make room for another," said Facility Coordinator Eileen Guthrie. "What we want is to have the proper waste in this facility."

But waste management officials say people need to know what they should or shouldn't throw out.

"Once we educate the public about the proper recycle, reuse, what they can do with their trash, than maybe this landfill will last," said Guthrie.

And they hope it will last a long time.

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