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More NY Trash Headed for Va.

September 17, 1998

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ More trash from New York is about to be heaped on Virginia, a private garbage hauler said.

Waste Management Inc. anticipates winning a contract to import as much as 2,400 tons of trash a day from Brooklyn and Queens, two of New York City’s five boroughs. If all of it came to Virginia, it would mean a 30 percent jump in the amount of garbage brought to the state.

The new contract ``has not been formally awarded yet. But the final details are being worked out,″ Christine Meket, a spokeswoman for Waste Management, said Tuesday.

The minimum 3-year contract would start in November.

New York City officials would not comment on negotiations.

Virginia is the second-largest trash importer in the nation, trailing only Pennsylvania.

New York state is the biggest exporter of trash to Virginia, including 1,750 tons a day from the Bronx under a three-year, $86 million contract awarded in 1997 to Waste Management.

New York City is diverting its trash as it works to shut down by 2001 the world’s largest dump _ the 3,000-acre Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.

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