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Mostly bricks, blocks, and dirt make up the Macon-Bibb inert landfill. It’s a type of landfill that only takes in construction and yard waste materials.

According to the county’s solid waste director, it’s set to close in less than 4 months.

As far as the reason why, Kevin Barkley, the county’s solid waste director says, “We did not meet the minimum requirements going forward for new inert landfills, so we have to shut this one down.”

Barkley says after new state rules for inert landfills were created, it was determined this one didn’t make the cut.

He says, “Minimum requirements were about the ground water elevation, because we’re down here in the flood plain. You can’t build an inert landfill in a flood plain anymore, that with the ground water, and being in the flood plain are the two reasons why we had to close this site.”

The closure itself will cost about $1.2 million and Barkley says most of that will pay for 2 feet of soil needed to cover the landfill.