Alpha Ridge landfill is really more of transfer station than a landfill. The vast majority of the solid waste from Howard County that isn’t recycled is trucked 106 miles south to a landfill in King George, Virginia.
Everyday, trucks leave Marriottsville and take our garbage for a two hour ride down into the Virginia countryside. Though King George county is actually smaller in square miles (188) than Howard County (254) our population density (984 people per square mile) is much higher than theirs (93 people per square mile). I guess that leaves plenty of room for our shit.
Of course those nice folks down in King George aren’t exactly taking our garbage for nothing and I’m almost certain that their pricing doesn’t include shipping either.
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