BATH - Construction on an additional waste storage cell in the Steuben County landfill is underway as the current cell nears capacity.

Steuben County Department of Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said officials anticipate the new cell, which will extend the existing landfill directly south, will be finished by the end of 2018.

“We expect it to be completed by the end of this year,” he said.

Officials said crews at the landfill are currently working on excavation and laying out the new cell, which has been designated Cell 4.

Spagnoletti said Cell 4 will span about 7.7 acres and is expected to cost about $6 million to build.

The existing cell, Cell 3, is expected to be completely full sometime next year.

Spagnoletti said once completed, Cell 4 should last the county for the next couple of years. It's expected to be completely filled by about 2023.

At that point, the landfill intends to begin construction of another cell addition.

Spagnoletti said county DPW is currently in the early planning stages on where the following addition, Cell 5, is going to go.

“Within about four or five years, after that we either have to go east or west, and that’s what we’re in the process of working on,” he said. “But we haven’t nailed that down yet. We’re still talking with people.”

The Steuben County Landfill, located in a remote area on Turnpike Road in Bath, takes residential, commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste. It accepts approximately 150,000 tons of garbage annually.