Hurricanes Still Impact Florida's Landfills

Date: June 23, 2005

Source: News Room

Nearly a year after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne damaged thousands of buildings and trees in St. Lucie County, Fla., ( the county's landfill continues to wrestle with the waste. The increased waste flow has overwhelmed the county's baling system and recycling program, and taken an estimated five years off the life of the landfill. The county had hoped to open a new cell in 2007, but was forced to open it this past October. Before the storms, an average of 271 trucks per day entered the landfill; following the storms, peaks hit 999 trucks in a single day.

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