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McDowell County looks to turn trash into cash

WELCH, W.Va. -- McDowell County officials are looking to turn trash into cash.

County Commission President Gordon Lambert tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the county could profit from bringing in out-of-state garbage for disposal at the Copper Ridge Landfill in Capels.

On Monday, 25 freight cars brought out-of-state garbage to the landfill as part of what Lambert calls a one-time deal. He says the county will be looking into bringing in more out-of-state garbage in the future.

Lambert says waste generated in the county isn't sufficient to sustain the landfill. Out-of-state garbage could generate enough money to operate the landfill and provide extra revenue to the county.

The 106-acre landfill opened in 2007.



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