When the Orange County landfill was first built in 1972, its neighbors were told it would be closed after 10 years.
Now, after 41 years in its Eubanks Road location and almost two years of planning, the landfill will close its gates at noon on Saturday, June 29.
Following the closure, all Orange County trash will be sent to a transfer station in Durham, pending a long-term garbage disposal solution.
While it’s less expensive to dispose of trash in Durham than Orange County, hauling trash to Durham will cost Chapel Hill approximately $341,000 in fiscal year 2013-14 in addition to the $3.5 million it spends yearly on waste disposal.
A ceremony marking the closing will take place at the landfill at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The closure plan will include a cap system made of a thick, synthetic liner to cover the landfill.
The liner will cover the entire surface and then be covered with dirt and vegetation to prevent erosion. It will also have vents to allow the county to continue its methane gas recovery program, which provides power to some UNC buildings.
After the closure, the county will haul the approximately 15,000 tons of waste it produces every year to the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center transfer station in Durham.
The transfer station will serve as an intermediate facility where waste will be consolidated, loaded into trucks and finally transported to a waste management facility.