County Landfill Offers New Services

November 10, 2006 -- Posted at 5:12 p.m. CDT

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- Soon the Strawfloor Road location of the city landfill will be closing for good and the traffic from that landfill will be directed to the Craighead County Landfill.

Friday the people at the Craighead or "Legacy Landfill" hosted an open house of sorts letting people see the changes that have been done over the past 16 years.

"The Strawfloor location, it started in the 1940's and it pretty well was entering the end of its life," said Guy Enchelmayer of the Craighead County Solid Waste Authority.

The Jonesboro landfill had been operated properly over the years, but the environmental rules had changed during that time.

Instead of building a new site Jonesboro residents will now use the Legacy Landfill.

"The level of services that we're providing has been raised up to accommodate the city of Jonesboro deciding to close their landfill," said Enchelmayer.

Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon said this will be very beneficial for Jonesboro residents.

The Craighead County landfill has been in operation since 1990.

The Legacy Landfill has about 400 acres of land and they're currently using about 65 of those acres over the next several hundred years though that could expand to the farther reaches of this property.

The Craighead County Solid Waste Authority was created by the ten mayors of Craighead County and will serve each of those cities.

"We have an increased level of service in terms of ease of accessing this facility.  We've improved with paved roads so when the citizens come here with their household trash there's no reason to leave a paved road all the way for scale service and for unloading their vehicle," said Enchelmayer.

The Strawfloor Road location will close for good on November 19th and the Craighead County location will begin serving all customers on November 20th.