Since 2008, the City of Farmers Branch has been working on plans to expand its Camelot landfill, which is actually inside the Lewisville City Limits, according to documents we obtained from Farmers Branch.
On April 29th of 2009, Farmers Branch entered into a $1.8 million contract with the engineering firm Weaver Boos Consultants for assistance in obtaining a permit to expand the Camelot landfill vertically or horizontally. The Scope of Work document gives the details of the proposed expansion, including the new footprint. Here is a conceptual drawing of the proposed configuration.
On July 22nd, 2009, Farmers Branch hired the law firm of McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.C., and Brent W. Ryan to handle regulatory approval for expansion, including licenses from TCEQ and other agencies such as FEMA, USACE, FAA, TxDOT, Texas Parks and Wildife, U.S. Fish and Game, Texas Historical Commission, and City of Lewisville. The contract, without contingencies is estimated at $765,000, but if permits are opposed, the totals could reach $1.6 million.
Farmers Branch Assistant City Manager Matt Benoit says Camelot is estimated to have about 10 to 12 years of useful life left, depending on recycling rates. In the last available TCEQ annual report, Camelot collected 314,173 tons of municipal solid waste in 2008.
The current height of Camelot is at about 63 feet above ground level, but Benoit says that Farmers Branch would like to increase the height by an additional 200 feet, which would top out the landfill at 725 feet above sea level. By comparison, the permitted height of the DFW landfill (Mt. Lewisville) is 625 feet. The ground footprint of Camelot is expected to widen a little, but not substantially. Benoit says that due to the time and expense involved in major permits such as this, the most cost-effective practice is to go for the maximum increase and do it once, rather than going back every few years.
Unlike the DFW landfill, Camelot is currently not a 24 hour operation, so they are able to cover exposed garbage daily to keep smells in check. But in 10 years or so when many area landfills have maxed out, Benoit expects that Camelot will begin to receive the bulk of the area's waste. If this happens, Benoit says they may well have to move to the same practices as DFW landfill with regards to daily cover.