FBTX ~ A process that began in 2011 came to an official end this week as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a plan to expand the Farmers Branch-owned Camelot Landfill, in Lewisville.
Originally permitted by the state in 1979, the Camelot Landfill was then located in an unincorporated section of Denton County.
The landfill began operating in 1980 and the permit was amended in 1981 to cover a total of 350 acres. In 1987, the area was incorporated into the City of Lewisville.
The state-approved expansion will add 152 vertical feet to the previously permitted top of 523 feet above sea level and expand the waste footprint by a total of 38.5 acres.
However, even at full build-out, the Camelot Landfill will be difficult to see behind the DFW Landfill that fronts Hebron Parkway in Carrollton.
The approval will add an estimated three to four decades to the life of the landfill, which would have otherwise closed in about 14 years.
"The expansion will set the stage to fulfill the need for local landfill space for communities across north Texas for the next 40 or so years," said Farmers Branch Deputy City Manager John Land. "When the next-door DFW Landfill closes in about 10 years, those municipal customers will need a new landfill to use."
Camelot is the only viable landfill in the north Dallas region with available capacity for municipal solid waste.
"This seven-year journey involved the successful navigation of many engineering, legal, legislative and regulatory hurdles," Mr. Land added. "This is a great victory for Farmers Branch, our residents as well as the other communities that are served by the Camelot Landfill. It could not have been accomplished without the tireless work of Director of Public Health and Sustainability Shane Davis and the unfailing support of Mayor Robert Dye."