A landfill is a large outdoor site specifically designed for the disposal of waste. Not all landfills are the same. Different kinds of landfills accept different kinds of waste including:
- Industrial waste
- Hazardous waste
- Construction and demolition debris
- Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), commonly defined as household trash or garbage.
When you think of a landfill, you probably are thinking of the landfill that accepts your household trash or garbage. In Georgia, that’s known as a Class 3 landfill. Georgians generate about 4.2 million tons of this type of trash/garbage in a typical year. Of that amount, 70.5 percent (about 3 million tons) was disposed of in the state’s Class 3 landfills. The remainder – 29.5 percent (1,229,100 tons) – of the state’s MSW was recycled.
Why do we need any landfills?
Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling divert large parts of our waste from landfills, but not all of it. That waste must be managed safely to protect human health and the environment.
|County||Facility Name||Facility Type||Dominion|
|Appling||Appling Co - Roaring Creek PH 1&2 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Atkinson||Atkinson Co - SR 50 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Baldwin||Baldwin Co - Union Hill Ch Rd, Ph 3 -MSWL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Banks||R&B Landfill||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Barrow||Republic Waste - Oak Grove SR 324||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Bartow||Bartow Co - SR 294 Emerson MSWL PH 2&3||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Ben Hill||Fitzgerald, Kiochee Church Rd, Ph.2||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Bibb||Macon - Walker Rd Ph 2 -SL-||Unlined Sanitary||Public|
|Burke||Burke Co - Clarke Rd -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Butts||Republic Services - Pine Ridge Recycling -MSWL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Camden||Camden Co-SR110 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Camden||Camden Co - S.R. 110 C/D/I Waste Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Candler||Candler Co-SR 121 Phase 2 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Charlton||Chesser Island Road Landfill, Inc. MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Chatham||Savannah-Dean Forest Rd -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Chatham||Superior Landfill & Recycling Center - Site No.2 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Chatham||Republic Services - Savannah Regional Industrial Landfill, Inc||Industrial||Commercial Industrial|
|Cherokee||Pine Bluff Landfill||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Cherokee||Cherokee Co-Swims-SR 92 Ph 5||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Cherokee||Waste Pro of GA, Inc d/b/a Cherokee C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Clarke||Clarke Co - Athens Dunlap Rd -SL- Ph 2,3,& 4||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Clayton||Clayton Co-SR 3 Lovejoy Site # 3||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Clayton||Stephens MDS, LP, C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Columbia||Columbia Co-Sample & Son -C&D-||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Cook||Cook Co. - Taylor Rd, Site 2 -MSWL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Cook||Cook Co. - C.R. 216 Construction/Demolition Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Coweta||Coweta Co. - Ishman Ballard Rd C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Crisp||Crisp Co-US 41S Site 2 -Ph 4&5- MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Decatur||Decatur Co - US Hwy 27 MSW Landfill||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|DeKalb||DeKalb Co-Seminole Rd Ph 2 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|DeKalb||Rogers Lake Road C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|DeKalb||DeKalb Co-Seminole Rd Ph 2A,3&4 -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Dougherty||Dougherty Co-Fleming/Gaissert Rd -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Dougherty||Maple Hill Landfill, Inc.||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Douglas||Douglas Co-Cedar Mt/Worthan Rd Ph 1 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Evans||Evans Co - Little Bull Creek C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Floyd||Rome Walker Mtn Rd, Site 2||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Floyd||Floyd Co - Rome Walker Mtn Rd C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Forsyth||Eagle Point Landfill||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Forsyth||Greenleaf Recycling, LLC||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Fulton||Chadwick Rd Landfill, Inc.||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Fulton||Safeguard Landfill Management C & D||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Fulton||Willow Oak C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Gordon||Gordon Co - Redbone Ridges Rd -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Grady||Cairo - 6TH Ave -SL-||Unlined Sanitary||Public|
|Gwinnett||BFI - Richland Creek Road MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Habersham||Habersham Co - SR13 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Hall||Reliable Tire Services, Monroe Dr.||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Hall||Hall Co - Candler Rd -SR 60-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Hall||Gainesville Waste and Recycling -GWAR-||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Haralson||Haralson Co - HCSWA US 78||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Houston||Houston Co - SR 247 Klondike MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Houston||Houston Co - SR247 Klondike C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Jasper||Jasper Co - SR 212 C/D/I Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Jefferson||Jefferson Co - CR 138 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Jenkins||Jenkins Co-CR54 Phase 2 MSWL & C&D Site||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Lamar||Lamar Co - Cedar Grove Regional MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Laurens||Laurens Co - Old Macon Road MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Liberty||US Army - Ft Stewart Main Cantonment -SL-||Unlined Sanitary||Public|
|Liberty||US Army-Ft Stewart Main Cantonment -L-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Lowndes||Advanced Disposal Services Evergreen Landfill, Inc||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Macon||Macon Co. - Middle Ga SWMA Regional MSWL||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|McIntosh||McIntosh Co - King Rd -SL-||Unlined Sanitary||Public|
|Meriwether||Greenbow, LLC Turkey Run MSW Landfill||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Monroe||Monroe Co - Strickland Loop Rd||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Murray||Murray Co. - US 411 Westside Site 2 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Muscogee||Columbus, Pine Grove MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Newton||Newton County - Lower River Rd HE & VE||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Oglethorpe||Oglethorpe Co - US 78 Ph 2 C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Paulding||Paulding Co - Gulledge Rd N Tract 1 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Pickens||Whitestone Valley C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Polk||Polk Co - Grady Rd -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Rabun||Rabun Co - Boggs Mountain Rd C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Richmond||US Army - Ft Gordon Gibson Rd Ph 1-3 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Richmond||Richmond Co - Deans Bridge Rd Ph 2C -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Richmond||Richmond Co - Deans Bridge Rd Ph III MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Spalding||Spalding Co -Griffin Shoal Creek Rd Ph 3 C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Taylor||WI Taylor County Disposal, LLC||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Telfair||Telfair Co - CR 144 MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Thomas||Thomas Co - Thomasville/Sunset Dr Ph 3 C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Thomas||Thomasville/Sunset Dr Phases IV & V MSWL||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Tift||Tifton-Omega/Eldorado Rd PH 3 -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Toombs||Toombs Co-S1898, Phase 3 -MSWL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Toombs||Toombs Co - S1898 Construction/Demolition Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Troup||LaGrange-I 85/SR 109 -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Troup||Troup Co - SR 109 Mountville Ph 2 -SL-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Twiggs||Wolf Creek Landfill, LLC||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Walker||LaFayette-Coffman Springs Rd -L-||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Walker||Walker Co - Marble Top RD Site 2 MSWL||Construction and Demolition||Public|
|Walton||Republic - US 78 C/D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Walton||Walton Construction & Demolition Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Walton||Caruthers Mill C&D Landfill||Construction and Demolition||Private Commercial|
|Washington||Washington Co-Kaolin Rd S #3 -SL-||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Wayne||Republic Services - Broadhurst Environmental||Municipal Solid Waste||Private Commercial|
|Whitfield||Whitfield Co - Dalton, Old Dixie Hwy, Ph 6||Municipal Solid Waste||Public|
|Whitfield||Whitfield Co - DWRSWA Old Dixie Hwy Baled Carpet||Industrial||Public|
What is MSW?
Different states have different definitions, but MSW is commonly defined as household trash or garbage. This includes paper, cans, bottles and food scraps. Class 3 landfills are designed to accept these types of waste – much of which should be recycled – along with other specific kinds of waste. In Georgia, Class 3 landfills cannot accept hazardous waste, lead-acid (car and truck) batteries, yard trimmings, tires (whole), used motor oil and large appliances.
How is MSW managed in Georgia?
Waste is properly managed two ways. We recycle it or dispose of it in a Class 3 landfill.
How much garbage is disposed of in Class 3 landfills?
Americans generated about 250 million tons of MSW in 2010 (the latest numbers available) according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of that amount, 54 percent or 136 million tons was disposed of in landfills. The rest was recycled or composted (34 percent or 85 million tons) or incinerated (12 percent or about 29 million tons).
How much does it cost to dispose of waste at a Class 3 landfill?
Landfill operators charge a fee on a per ton basis. The fee is called a tipping fee and is charged to the waste hauler who empties or “tips” garbage out of the truck. The average tipping fee in Georgia was $38 per ton according to the “G.A. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY12.”
How do we pay for waste management?
It depends. Many people pay for waste management – including recycling services – through their property taxes. Other residents pay their fees through monthly or annual fees billed by their local government. Some have to pay waste haulers directly. Still, others take their garbage and recyclables to drop-off centers that are, of course, funded by local governments through taxes or fees.
How many Class 3 landfills are there?
Nationwide, the number of active landfills has shrunk from nearly 8,000 in 1988 to 1,908 in 2010 according to the EPA. In Georgia, there were 23 permitted Class 3 landfills operating in FY12.
Who owns Class 3 landfills?
Nationally, about two-thirds are owned by local governments while about one-third are privately owned. In Georgia, local governments own 9 while another 14 are privately owned.
What laws or regulations must be followed at Class 3 landfills?
Class 3 landfills are well-engineered facilities that must meet strict EPA and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regulations on their location, design, operation, and closing. In Georgia, all Class 3 landfills must be approved (receive a permit) by EPD. In addition, local zoning and land-use ordinances may limit Class 3 landfill site selection.
Why do Class 3 landfills have liners?
Liners in Class 3 landfills are designed and placed to stop the potential pollution of groundwater. Hazardous household materials such as cleaners and pesticides and other waste could contaminate groundwater if the liners were not in place.
Do Class 3 landfills smell?
Federal and state regulations require MSW to be covered daily with soil or another type of cover to control or reduce odor. Landfill operators also can control or reduce odors by only disposing of waste in a small working face (area).
Who picks landfill locations?
If it is a public landfill, a local government will select a potential site. If it is a private company, it will select a potential site and approach the local government. In both cases, residents will have a chance to comment at public meetings. Once a potential site is selected, the local government or private company will apply to EPD for a permit. There are numerous local, state and federal requirements that must be met to be given a permit including meeting all local zoning requirements, being consistent with the county solid waste management plan and meeting a demonstration of need criteria. Local zoning and land-use ordinances may limit Class 3 landfill site selection. Any landfill, including Class 3 landfills, are difficult to locate simply because the public frequently opposes new construction. People remember the poor practices of the past and are concerned about their health and environment as well as property values, noise, odor and traffic if a landfill is being considered in their community.
What happens when Class 3 landfills close?
First, before a Class 3 landfill is approved (given a permit from EPD), a landfill owner is required to have funding to not only properly close but also to monitor and fix any environmental problems that could occur. When a Class 3 landfill is closed, it is capped with a layer of clay, a plastic liner and a layer of soil (bottom to top of the cap). The cap is seeded to grow grass. The Class 3 landfill will be monitored for 30 years.