Published: Oct 06, 2010 5:29 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 06, 2010 12:31 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Collier County is in the process of trying to expand their landfill - vertically.

The county is trying to get permits to take the current height of 108 feet up to 200 feet, the maximum allowed by the state.

It's the cheapest way for the county to add years of use to the current landfill, 20 more years to be exact. Other options, such as building a waste energy facility or shipping the garbage to another county, are much more costly. Plus, getting a permit to build another landfill is nearly impossible with surrounding wetlands.

The county has already extended the life of the landfill 25 years by recycling a large portion of what they receive.

The public can have their say on the county's plans to expand October 12th at 5 p.m. in rooms A and B of the Golden Gate Community Center at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway in Naples.