Around 2010, Randolph County Government began considering the construction of a new regional Subtitle D Landfill as a new revenue source for the County. The permitting process, which is administered by NC Dept. of Environment Quality (NCDEQ), is quite strict, lengthy and extensive process. The site for the proposed landfill is located on approximately 667 acres adjacent the County’s Solid Waste Facility with an entrance on Old Cedar Falls Road (see maps below).
In April 2013, the County received a Special Use Permit (SUP) from the Randolph County Planning Board. The SUP is a zoning tool which allows a specific land use based on a detailed application and subsequent conditions (see below). The following month, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the County to submit a permit application for the proposed landfill to NCDEQ After an extensive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, in December 2013, the County selected Waste Management of the Carolinas, Inc. as a partner for the permitting, construction and operation of the proposed Landfill and associated Franchise Agreement.
After and extensive site suitability study in January of 2015, the County received notice from DEQ that the proposed site was suitable. The county in turn notified Waste management that they were authorized to begin preparing their permit application.
In January of 2016, Waste Management received a Permit to Construct from DEQ. Construction of the landfill took approximately 1 year to complete and on December 29, 2016 DEQ issued a Permit to Operate for the first cell.
The Great Oak Landfill opened on January 9, 2017. At that time the existing Transfer Station at the Solid Waste Facility was closed and disposal for citizens became free for all citizens at the Counties Convenience Sites.
Below are some links to various studies and presentations
- Facility Plan Report
- Environmental Impact Statement
- Revised Environmental Impact Statement
- Frequently asked questions and answers
- Presentation to Health Department
- Presentation to Randolph County Commissioners
- Property Appraisal (General)
- Property Appraisal (Local)
- Proposed Entrance to Regional Landfill
- Schematic, Site Plan & Details
- Site Hydrogeologic Report
- Site Suitability Report
- Special Use Permit Application
- Special Use Permit – Additional Conditions
- Transportation Impact Analysis
- Transportation Routes for Commercial Traffic
- Transportation Routes for Proposed Regional Landfill
- Transportation Study
- Transportation Study – Accident Analysis
- Updated Preliminary Site Plan
- Waste Management Company Overview
Randolph County Closed Landfill
Randolph County operated an unlined MSW landfill from 1973 to 1985. The County operated a second, unlined landfill for MSW, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and land clearing and inert debris (LCID) from 1985 to December 31, 1997. A transfer station was built before final landfill closure in 1997, and remains in operation. Monitoring wells for the second unlined MSW facility have been sampled since 1987. Since this facility operated past October 9, 1993, the landfill is subject to Title 15A NCAC 13B.1630-37 of the NC Solid Waste Management Rules. Due to low-level detections of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater samples at concentrations above applicable standards, the facility has been in the Assessment Monitoring Program since 1996. As a result of this monitoring two studies of this landfill have been conducted: A Nature and Extent (NES) Study and an Assessment of Corrective Action (ACM). Both of these studies are available in the links below.