County announces agreement with landfill operator


New Castle County Government has reached an agreement with Delaware Recyclable Products Incorporated (DRPI) in a lawsuit involving plans to raise the height of its landfill in the Minquadale area of New Castle.

This settlement, approved by County Council,  retains the cap on the landfill at 140 feet and ends the litigation filed against the county by DRPI, a part of Waste Management, County Executive Matt Meyer stated.

The lawsuit came after the county passed an ordinance limiting the height of the landfill.

The agreement calls for Delaware Recyclable to dismiss litigation and waive any claims.

In return, the county will not require a special use permit for the landfill to move to a final elevation of 140 feet.

Plans to increase the height of the landfill drew opposition from environmental groups and Artesian Resources. Artesian has been concerned about the possible contamination of water supplies from the landfill.

The site primarily handles construction debris.  DRPA officials claiming the height limit would result in the loss of jobs and denied Artesian’s claim that the site might be linked to water contamination.

The decision marked a victory for Meyer, who pushed for the ordinance to restrict the landfill’s height did not have to compromise on the limit.

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