Perry County Commission Chairman Albert Turner was elated to receive good news from one of the three industries located in Perry County, Arrowhead Landfill. Chairman Turner, who last week met with Attorney Mike Smith to lay the groundwork for the announcement, hosted Mike Smith and Waste Connections executive, William Gay in Marion.
The meeting gave the County the good news that Waste Connections Inc. had successfully acquired full ownership of Arrowhead with a $100 million revenue deal. Arrowhead, described as the largest integrated waste-to-rail disposal network in the Northeast U.S., includes a 1,400-acre rail-served MSW landfill in Alabama that can take about 3,500 tons a day. The group shared better news with Chairman Turner as they announced that by June 2024, the site would be complete with a new, 2-million-dollar rail system that will allow Arrowhead to increase its intake by 55%. It is projected that the expansions will bring in an excess of $100,000 each month for the County, pleasure to Chairman Turner. Furthermore, the increases will result in a more than 40 job jump for the County, adding from 65 jobs to over 109 by mid-June.
The acquisition of Arrowhead Landfill by Fortune 500 Company Waste Connections in August 2023 is transforming the waste disposal industry and Perry County in particular. This milestone was marked with the ceremonial handoff of a monthly tipping fee check of over $68,000.00 to county auditor Attorney Smith and County Mayor Mr. Gay. Additional economic benefits from Waste Connections include access to previously untapped markets in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, along with numerous M&A opportunities further North. The landfill is now capable of taking higher volumes of waste reaching up to 15,000 tons a day, with the county expecting to receive more than $1 million dollars in fiscal year 2023-2024 – it’s biggest windfall since the disposal of coal cash in 2022.