Why you should plan for 'lengthy wait' at Henrico landfills

Henrico Springfield Landfill
Henrico Springfield Landfill
Henrico Springfield Landfill
Henrico Springfield Landfill
Henrico Springfield Landfill
Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 15:26:22-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Folks faced long lines at landfills in Henrico County over the weekend.

Susan Ann Glass sent photos that showed a line of cars waiting to enter the Henrico Springfield Landfill Sunday morning.

"If you’re thinking of heading here or to the Charles City Road location, expect a long line and a lengthy wait," officials posted on the county's Facebook page.

Both of those public use areas are allowing just ten vehicles inside at at time because of the governor's stay-at-home order.

Additionally, officials said the locations are only accepting household garbage and recyclables and not vegetative yard waste or household hazardous waste.

"We urge residents to only visit a public use area if it's absolutely necessary," officials wrote. "Thanks for your patience."

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