After an inspection in late July, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division (EPD) awarded Macon-Bibb County’s Walker Road Landfill with a rating of 90.

“I’m very proud of how professional Landfill Manager James Peters and his staff work together to operate the landfill; they are building a mountain of garbage at the same time as the elements are tearing it down,” says Solid Waste Department Director Kevin Barkley. “The whole Department helps in some way with our landfill, from picking up litter to planting grass seed to ensuring supplies and reports are sent on time.  I’m very grateful for the hard work they do each and every day.”

“I’m delighted with our landfill’s rating and the work of our Solid Waste Department crews that made this happen. This is highly commendable, especially with the amount of rain we had recently,” says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. “The report itself shows the technically challenging requirements of operating a Solid Waste landfill.”

The report noted several areas that needed some work, including adding rip rap or similar erosion control measures at the discharge end of down drains; some drainage areas being overfilled or totally obliterated; and woody plants not outlined in the plan growing on the fill areas.