FERRIS – Waste Management of Texas Inc. and the city of Ferris have updated their agreement.

“Waste Management has been an excellent corporate citizen in the city of Ferris,” Mayor Rick Barrett said. “They are involved in all of our community events and activities and have been a pleasure to work with. We look forward to additional benefits residents of the city of Ferris will receive as a result of this updated agreement.”

It was in 1992 that Waste Management and the city first completed an agreement to allow the company to handle the operations of Skyline landfill, which is located in Ferris.

This agreement provided several benefits to the city and residents as part of the landfill operations. The benefits have included host fees paid by WM to the city, free collection and disposal of residential and commercial waste for residents and businesses in the city limits of Ferris, the relocation of a hauling company to Ferris, revenue sharing from the production of renewable energy at the landfill and support for the city’s senior citizen program. 

Recently, Waste Management began working with the city of Ferris on the possibility of a future expansion at Skyline that will reconfigure the north side of the landfill.  The reconfiguration will not cause the landfill to be any higher than the current permit calls for and it will not get any closer to the residential neighborhoods in Ferris. 

As the landfill is currently configured and permitted, it has about 25 years of waste acceptance life remaining. The proposed expansion will add up to 20 years to that life.

As a part of the expansion, the city and Waste Management have been in discussions for an update of the original agreement, highlights of which include an immediate increase to the host fee as well as incremental future increases. Additionally, other provisions of the previous agreement will continue.

Since the agreement went into effect in 1992, city and company officials say the two entities have enjoyed a “mutually beneficial” relationship.