Florence Landfill applies for expansion, turns away demolition debris

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FLORENCE, Ala. – There are a couple of major demolition projects gearing up in the city of Florence. With those projects, there will be tons of brick and mortar with nowhere to go locally.

Academy Sports and Outdoors has announced plans to tear-down the old K-Mart building on Cox Creek Parkway to make room for their new retail store.

The Florence City School System is set to demo the former middle school building to construct a $25 million seventh and eighth grade school.

The question being raised is where will all the debris go?

“EPA requires we close the MSW cells of the landfill, and as part of that closure it will create an opportunity for us to use the space between the hills for construction/demolition debris,” explained Florence Solid Waste Director David Koonce.

But closure of the current cells and getting new permits secured is months away. With space at the Florence Landfill filling up quickly, Koonce said the city had no other choice than to send major demolition project debris elsewhere.

“There’s several big demolition projects going on in the area right now that we have elected not to take the material from, just to preserve our space until we get the permitting process completed,” Stated Koonce.

So demolition companies will have to look regionally to find a landfill which can accommodate all of the debris which will be created.

The current life span of the Florence Landfill is hovering around five years. They are only accepting household debris, to prolong its life use until more permits can be obtained.