Carroll County closed Hoods Mill Landfill to commercial haulers yesterday, but residents still will be able to dump trash there on Saturdays.
Garbage will be placed in bins, then taken to Northern Landfill, Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick said.
Residents also will be able to dispose of yard waste, used tires, waste oil and recyclables at Hoods Mill, he said.
The landfill, off Route 97 near the Carroll-Howard county line, will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
County workers will be covering the 30-acre landfill with about 2 feet of soil in the next several weeks, Mr. Kirschnick said. The county then will advertise for bids from engineering companies to cap it.
Closing the landfill, which opened in 1982, will cost $3 million to $4 million, Mr. Kirschnick said. He said he hopes the work will be done by the end of 1995.
Sixty unused acres on the west side of Hoods Mill may be used in the future for some kind of waste disposal operation, but no plans have been made, Mr. Kirschnick said.
It's possible the county could set up a composting operation there or use the land as a transfer station if Carroll trash ever is dumped outside the county, he said.
Another area of Hoods Mill may be used for recreation. A county Recreation and Parks Board subcommittee has proposed building an indoor shooting range at the landfill. No plans have been approved.
Three county employees worked at Hoods Mill regularly, Mr. Kirschnick said. They probably will continue because the county will need a gatekeeper, a monitor for the bins and someone to haul them to Northern, he said. Other employees who worked at Hoods Mills will transfer to Northern.
Northern Landfill, on Route 140 in Reese, will be the county's only operating landfill after Hoods Mill closes. The more centrally located landfill opened in 1989 and is scheduled to remain open 10 to 15 more years, Mr. Kirschnick said.