The Cities of Gering and Scottsbluff have jointly embarked upon a project to identify potential landfill sites to serve their communities for the next 50 to 100 years. As of October 2018, the Cities have contracted with a consulting engineer to help guide them through the process of identifying potential locations that would be cost effective and protective of human health and the environment. Solid waste management services are an essential community service. The Cities believe it is important to look at potential avenues to maintain that service under local control as they plan for the future.
The Cities understand that a thoughtfully-considered, technically-sound selection process takes time. Therefore, the Cities are being proactive and starting this process now, even though the existing Gering Landfill will be in operation for a minimum of 5 more years. Additional disposal capacity at the current landfill will be evaluated along with potentially more remote landfill locations. Typically, when a community selects a more remote landfill location, there is little change in convenience to the community residents, since trash and recyclables can be dropped off at a local transfer station, rather than the more distant landfill location. These types of facilities are an important part of integrated solid waste management planning.
The Cities will provide updates on the landfill project’s progress through this website. If you have specific questions or would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact us.