COVENTRY, Vt. — Vermont’s largest landfill is a step closer to expanding.

The New England Waste Services of Vermont landfill in Coventry received approval for expansion Friday from a state environmental commission. The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/2wrrjLQ ) the partial amendment requires the landfill’s managing company, Casella Waste Systems, to pay over $180,000 to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust in mitigation for the loss of agricultural land that used for the expansion.

Joe Gay, a Casella project engineer, said Wednesday that the decision was what the company had sought.

The commission is still considering the rest of the application to expand at the landfill.

The new landfill sell will allow it to operate until 2045, based on the maximum amount of garbage it receives annually.