The Real Deal Miami

Palm Beach commissioners abandon plans for traditional landfill

November 19, 2009 04:43PM

Palm Beach County commissioners decided yesterday to build a waste-to-energy plant which will eliminate the need for a new western landfill, though the Solid Waste Authority has already sold $70 million in bonds to buy land and build a new landfill. Plans to purchase space west of 20-Mile Bend for a new landfill were abandoned last month, and commissioners had been considering swapping land the county already owns for another plot that was slated for use in Everglades restoration. County Commissioner Karen Marcus said while she hopes to acquire the land for a mass-burn facility, there is no longer a pressing need to finalize the deal, since plans for the new plant, which will cost between $600 million and $700 million, will buy time. [Sun-Sentinel]