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Tangerine Landfill feels squeeze, closing to public

Nearing the limit on its capacity to take in more trash, Pima County's Tangerine Landfill will close to the public on Dec. 1, officials said.

The landfill, 10220 W. Tangerine Rd., is nearing its permitted capacity of 6.7 million cubic yards, said Beth Gorman of the county Department of Environmental Quality.

Gorman pointed to other public and private options for those who need to dispose of some garbage:

The new Marana Regional Landfill, 14508 W. Avra Valley Rd., is operated by Waste Management and provides a disposal and recycling location for those in the Northwest Side. Additional waste disposal and recycling options include Ryan Field Transfer Station (residential only), the Catalina Transfer Station, Waste Management's Ina Road Transfer Station, and the Los Reales and Sahuarita landfill.

"The Pima County Waste Tire Collection Facility will be moved from Tangerine Landfill back to Pima County’s Ina Road Landfill at 5301 W. Ina Rd. on Nov. 18," Gorman said.

"The small amount of remaining capacity at Tangerine Landfill is being reserved for use by Pima County for the disposal of county-generated waste by programs such as Pima County Environmental Quality's illegal dumping cleanups," she said.

The Tangerine Landfill, the first in the state to be fully lined, was opened in 1983.

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