Henrico officials back CVWMA vote to refuse plan amendment on landfill’s expansion

Henrico County officials applauded today’s decision by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) to deny a request to amend the Central Virginia Regional Waste Management Plan to allow expansion of the East End Landfill on Darbytown Road.

The CVWMA board of directors, representing 13 localities in the region, voted unanimously to deny the request. The East End Landfill, which accepts construction and demolition debris, had sought to expand its operations on the property. 

At its Dec. 10, 2013 meeting, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose amendment of the regional plan. Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, whose Varina District is home to the landfill, spoke on behalf of Henrico’s board at today’s CVWMA meeting.

Nelson noted that there had been operational problems at the landfill for several years.

“Today’s decision is the culmination of efforts by county staff, state legislators and the Board of Supervisors coming together on this issue,” he said. “Today is a good day.” 

Deputy County Manager Randall R. Silber said that denial of the landfill’s expansion proposal was consistent with the current plan and that the region’s existing landfill space is more than adequate to meet the area’s needs.

“CVWMA staff has reported there is sufficient landfill capacity to meet the region’s construction and demolition debris needs for 117 years,” Silber said. “Henrico County does not need the additional capacity and does not want it at the East End Landfill.”

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