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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 Louisiana, that’s known as a Type 3 landfill. Louisianans 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 Type 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.

˙ūParishMaster AI NameOperated byType 1Type 2Type 3Facility's Physical address
VermilionVermilion Parish Police Jury - Vermilion Parish Solid Waste PlantVermilion Parish Police JuryNoYesYes8500 Birch Rd, Abbeville, LA 70510
CalcasieuBFI Waste Services, LLC (dba Allied Waste Services of Lake Charles)BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc.YesYesNo2500 Cities Service Hwy, Westlake, LA 70669
DeSotoInternational Paper Co. - Mansfield MillInternational Paper Co.YesNoNo1202 LA-509, Mansfield, LA 71052
DeSotoCLECO Power, LLC - Dolet Hills Power StationCLECO Power, LLCYesNoNo963 Power Plant Rd, Mansfield, LA 71052
OrleansCity of New Orleans - Sanitation Dept Gentilly LandfillAMID/Metro Partnership, LLCNoNoYes10200 Almonaster Ave, New Orleans, LA 70127
MorehouseInternational Paper Co. - Louisiana MillInternational Paper Co.YesNoNo705 Colliers Ln, Bastrop, LA 71220
East Baton RougeBaton Rouge Recycling CenterExide TechNologies, Inc.YesNoNo2400 Brooklawn Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
St. CharlesMotiva Enterprises, LLC - Norco RefineryMotiva Enterprises, LLCYesNoNo15536 River Rd, Norco, LA 70079
IbervilleThe Dow Chemical Co. - Louisiana OperationsThe Dow Chemical Co.YesNoNo21255 LA-1, Plaquemine, LA 70764
OuachitaGraphic Packaging International, Inc. - West Monroe Mill #31Graphic Packaging International, Inc.YesNoNo1000 Jonesboro Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292
AscensionHoneywell International, Inc. - Geismar PlantHoneywell International, Inc.YesNoNo5525 LA-3115, St Gabriel, LA 70776
PlaqueminesPhillips 66 Co. - Alliance RefineryPhillips 66 Co. - Alliance RefineryYesNoNo15551 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
St. JamesMosaic Fertilizer, LLC - Faustina PlantMosaic Fertilizer, LLCYesNoNo9959 LA-18, St James, LA 70086
St. TammanySt Tammany Parish Council - Parish LandfillSt Tammany Parish Council - Parish LandfillNoYesNo101 E LA-190, Mandeville, LA 70448
St. JamesMosaic Fertilizer, LLC - Uncle Sam PlantMosaic Fertilizer, LLCYesNoNo7250 LA-44, Uncle Sam, LA 70792
East Baton RougeGeorgia-Pacific Consumer Operations, LLC - Port Hudson OperationsGeorgia-Pacific Consumer Operations, LLCYesNoNo1000 E Mt Pleasant Zachary Rd, Zachary, LA 70791
St. CharlesMosaic Fertilizer, LLC - Taft PlantMosaic Fertilizer, LLCYesNoNo17245 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057
OuachitaBFI - White Oaks LandfillBrowning-Ferris IndustriesNoYesNo300 Meadowlark Dr, Monroe, LA 71203
RapidesCLECO - Brame Energy CenterCLECO Power, LLCYesNoNo275 Rodemacher Rd, Lena, LA 71447
OrleansRecovery 1 LandfillNoYesNo17000 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
AscensionPCS Nitrogen Fertilizer LP - Geismar Agricultural Nitrogen & Phosphate PlantPCS Nitrogen Fertilizer LPYesNoNo10886 LA-75, Geismar, LA 70734
AscensionPCS Nitrogen Fertilizer LP - Geismar Agricultural Nitrogen & Phosphate PlantAA Sulfuric Corp.YesNoNo10886 LA-75, Geismar, LA 70734
West Baton RougeSid Richardson Carbon Ltd. - Addis PlantSid Richardson Carbon Ltd.YesNoNo5221 Sid Richardson Rd, Addis, LA 70710
AscensionBFI Waste Systems of LA, LLC - Colonial LandfillBFI Waste Systems of LA, LLCYesYesNo5328 LA-70, Sorrento, LA 70778
JeffersonIESI LA Corp. - Jefferson Parish Sanitary LandfillIESI LA Landfill Corp.YesYesNo5800 LA-90 W, Avondale, LA 70094
CalcasieuMcManus Construction, Inc. - Old Town Rd LandfillMcManus Construction, Inc.NoNoYes4128 LA-3059, Lake Charles, LA 70615
VernonUSArmy JRTC & Fort PolkHQ JRTC & Fort Polk - Director of Public Works ENRMDNoYesNoFort Polk, LA 71459
CaddoCity of Shreveport - Woolworth Rd Regional Solid Waste FacilityCity of ShreveportYesYesYes10580 Woolworth Rd, Shreveport, LA 71129
CalcasieuEntergy LA, LLC - Nelson Industrial Steam Co. (NISCO)Entergy Gulf States LA, LLCYesNoNo3400 Houston River Rd, Westlake, LA 70669
St. MarySt Mary Parish Government - Harold J Babe Landry LandfillSt Mary Parish GovernmentYesYesYes752 Thorguson Dr, Berwick, LA 70342
TerrebonneAshland Sanitary LandfillTerrebonne Parish Consolidated GovernmentNoYesNo3667 LA-57, Houma, LA 70363
CalcasieuLouisiana Pigment Co. LP - Titanium Dioxide PlantLouisiana Pigment Co. LPYesNoNo3300 Bayou D'Inde Rd, Westlake, LA 70669
LivingstonWaste Management of LA, LLC - Woodside Landfill & Recycling CenterWaste Management of Louisiana, LLCYesYesNo29340 Woodside Dr, Walker, LA 70785
OuachitaWaste Management of LA, LLC - MagNolia Sanitary LandfillWaste Management of Louisiana, LLCYesYesNo1000 Russell Sage Rd, Monroe, LA 71202
Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis Parish Sanitary Landfill CommissionBFI Waste Systems of Louisinana, LLCYesYesNo16157 Landfill Rd, Welsh, LA 70591
SabineIESI - Sabine Parish Sanitary LandfillIESI LA Landfill CorpYesYesNo955 Sabine Landfill Rd , Many, LA 71449
PlaqueminesRiverside Recycling & Disposal LLC - Industrial Pipe IncRiverside Recycling & DisposalNoNoYes11266 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
NatchitochesParish of Natchitoches - Natchitoches Parish LandfillParish of NatchitochesNoNoYes4597 LA-1, Natchitoches, LA 71457
St. LandrySt Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District St Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal DistrictNoYesNo417 Solid Waste Rd, Washington, LA 70589
LincolnLincoln Parish Police Jury LandfillLincoln Parish Police JuryNoYesNo463 Arkansas Plant Rd, Dubach, LA 71235
LaSalleLaSalle-Grant Sanitary LandfillIESI LA Landfill Corp.YesYesNoLA-127, Jena, LA 71342
LaSalleLaSalle-Grant Sanitary LandfillLaSalle Parish Police JuryYesYesNoLA-127, Jena, LA 71342
CalcasieuEntergy Louisiana, LLC - Roy S Nelson PlantEntergy Gulf States LA, LLCYesNoNo3500 Houston River Rd, Westlake, LA 70669
DeSotoDeSoto Parish Police Jury - Mundy Sanitary LandfillDeSoto Parish Police JuryYesYesYes2712 US-84, Mansfield, LA 71052
BeauregardBoise Packaging & Newsprint, LLC - DeRidder Paper MillBoise, Inc.YesNoNo4200 US-190, DeRidder, LA 70634
AcadiaAcadia Parish Police Jury - Acadia Parish Sanitary LandfillAcadia Parish Police JuryNoYesYes611 Petal Rd, Egan, LA 70531
PlaqueminesTidewater Landfill, LLC - Coast Guard Road Sanitary LandfillTidewater Landfill, LLCYesYesYes266 Coast Guard Rd, Venice, LA 70091
WashingtonWashington Parish Government - Choctaw Road LandfillWashington Parish GovernmentNoYesNo22249 Choctaw Rd, Franklinton, LA 70438
West CarrollWest Carroll Parish Police Jury - Sanitary LandfillWest Carroll Parish Police JuryNoYesYes448 Landfill Rd, Oak Grove, LA 71263
JeffersonGreater New Orleans LandfillSouthern Recovery Management, Inc.NoYesNo5700 LA-90 W, Avondale, LA 70094
St. MartinGreenpoint, Inc.Greenpoint, Inc.NoNoYes1469 Old Spanish Trail Hwy N, Broussard, LA 70518
Pointe CoupeeReliable Landfill, LLCReliable Landfill, LLCYesYesNo9533 Moore Ln, Livonia, LA 70755
JacksonJackson Parish Police Jury - Jackson Parish C&D Debris LandfillJackson Parish Police JuryNoNoYes302 Landfill Rd, Quitman, LA 71268
OrleansRicca Demolishing Corp.Ricca Industrial, LLCNoNoYes8200 Almonaster Ave, New Orleans, LA 70126
LafayetteAngco, Inc. - Construction & Demolition Debris LandfillAngco, Inc.NoNoYes4042 NE Evangeline Throughway, Carencro, LA 70520
IberiaGordon's Landfill, LLCGordon's Landfill, LLCNoNoYes6505 Coteau Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560
RapidesCity of Pineville - Wardville Construction/Demolition-Debris Landfill City of PinevilleNoNoYes1980 Crepe Myrtle St, Pineville, LA 71360
AscensionD&J Fill, Inc.D&J Fill, Inc.NoNoYes16432 Bluff Rd, Prairieville, LA 70769
OrleansHamp Enterprises, LLC - 9130 Almonaster SiteHamp's Construction, LLCNoNoYes9130 Almonaster Ave, New Orleans, LA 70126
CaddoHarrelson Materials Management LandfillHarrelson Materials Management, Inc.NoNoYes1101 Russell Rd, Shreveport, LA 71107
LafayetteScott Construction Dump, Inc.Scott Construction Dump, Inc.NoNoYes210 Gene Pitt Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
CalcasieuSwisco Road Disposal, Inc. - Demolition Woodwaste SiteSwisco Road Disposal, Inc.NoNoYes1370 Swisco Rd, Sulphur, LA 70665
MorehouseMorehouse Parish Police Jury - Construction & Demolition Debris SiteMorehouse Parish Police JuryNoNoYes6878 Mer Rouge Rd, Bastrop, LA 71220
CalcasieuTommasi Disposal, Inc.Tommasi Disposal, Inc.NoNoYes7124 Corbina Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70607
East Baton RougeEast Baton Rouge Parish North LandfillCity of Baton Rouge - PSCYesYesNo16001 Samuels Rd, Zachary, LA 70791
JeffersonRiver Birch, LLC - River Birch LandfillRiver Birch, LLCYesYesNo2000 S Kenner Ave, Westwego, LA 70094
CalcasieuChaney Trucking & Equipment Rental, Inc. - Chaney Trucking DisposalChaney Trucking, Inc.NoNoYes1662 Miller St, Lake Charles, LA 70611
OuachitaWCI - White Oaks Landfill, Inc.WCI - White Oaks Landfill, Inc.YesYesYes588 Meadowlark Dr, Monroe, LA 71203
East Baton RougeRonaldson Field, LLC - Ronaldson Field LandfillRonaldson Field, LLCNoNoYes1500 New Rafe Mayer Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
TangipahoaTangipahoa Parish Regional Solid Waste FacilityTangipahoa Parish GovernmentNoYesYes57510 HaNo Rd, Independence, LA 70443
TensasTensas Parish Police Jury - Tensas Parish Sanitary LandfillIESI LA Landfill Corp.YesYesYesSaint Joseph, LA 71366
East Baton RougeLA Land Acquisitions, LLC - Brooklawn Disposal FacilityLA Land Acquisitions, LLCYesNoNo2401 Brooklawn Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
AscensionBelle Co., LLC - LandfillBelle Co., LLCYesYesNo7244 LA-308, Belle Rose, LA 70341
CalcasieuMorgan Roofing Co., LLCMorgan Roofing Co., LLCNoNoYes3726 Opelousas St, Lake Charles, LA 70615
VernonVernon Parish Police Jury - Vernon Parish C&D LandfillVernon Parish Police JuryNoNoYes344 Obanion Rd, Leesville, LA 71446
AllenIESI Corp - Timberlane LandfillIESI LA Landfill Corp.YesYesNo1158 Landfill Rd, Oakdale, LA 71463
CaddoMount Zion C&D, LLCMt Zion C&D, LLCNoNoYes687 Mt Zion Rd, Shreveport, LA 71106
CalcasieuKrause & Managan Co. Ltd. - Krause & Managan LandfillKrause & Managan Lumber Co.NoNoYes1360 N Beglis Pkwy, Sulphur, LA 70663
UnionUnion Parish Sanitary LandfillUnion Parish Police JuryNoYesYes356 Landfill Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241
VermilionPellerin & Wallace, Inc.Pellerin & Wallace, Inc.NoNoYes2219 Maturin Rd, Maurice, LA 70555
BossierSugar Hill of Bossier, LLCSugar Hill of Bossier, LLCNoNoYes3150 US-80, Haughton, LA 71037
VernonSchamerhorn C&D Landfill - Backhoe & TruckingSchamerhorn, Inc.NoNoYes10443 LA-8, Leesville, LA 71446
WebsterWebster Parish Solid Waste LandfillBFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc.YesYesNo493 Landfill Rd, Minden, LA 71055
St. CharlesKV Enterprises, LLC - KV LandfillKV Enterprises, LLCNoNoYes5900 LA-3127, Killona, LA 70057
VernonChaney Trucking Co. - Chaney Trucking DisposalChaney Trucking, Inc.NoNoYes340 Obanion Rd, Leesville, LA 71446
TerrebonneTerrebonne Parish Consolidated Government C&D LandfillTerrebonne ParishNoNoYes337 Ashland Landfill Rd, Houma, LA 70363
JeffersonHwy 90, LLC - Hwy 90 C&D LandfillHwy 90, LLCNoNoYes5000 US-90, Westwego, LA 70094
CaddoMikeebo, Inc. - Mikeebo, Inc. PropertyMikeebo, Inc.NoNoYes8905 Dixie Blanchard Rd, Shreveport, LA 71107
East Baton RougeTRC Environmental - East LandfillTRC Environmental - East LandfillYesNoNo1201 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Jefferson DavisWestern Real Estate, LLC - Jennings C&D Disposal FacilityNoNoYes9410 LA-102, Jennings, LA 70546
CalcasieuJevcon, LLC - Jevcon, LLC C&D LandfillJevcon, LLCNoNoYes4767 LA-397, Iowa, LA 70647
CalcasieuMcManus Construction, Inc. - Carlyss C&D LandfillMcManus Construction, Inc.NoNoYes498 W Dave Dugas Rd, Sulphur, LA 70665
WashingtonTemple-Inland, Inc. - Bogalusa Mill LandfillInternational Paper Co.YesNoNo401 Ave U, Bogalusa, LA 70427
CalcasieuDavid A Abshire, LLC - 108 DisposalNoNoYes902 Coach Williams Dr, Sulphur, LA 70663
AscensionGator Environmental Waste Solutions, LLCGator Environmental Waste Solutions, LLCNoNoYes5194 LA-70, Sorrento, LA 70778
CalcasieuBP Disposal, LLCBP Disposal, LLCNoNoYes2720 Rue De Jardin, Lake Charles, LA 70605
IberiaGordon's Landfill, LLCGordon's Landfill, LLCNoNoYes6505 Coteau Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560

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. Type 3 landfills are designed to accept these types of waste – much of which should be recycled – along with other specific kinds of waste. In Louisiana, Type 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 Louisiana?

Waste is properly managed two ways. We recycle it or dispose of it in a Type 3 landfill.

How much garbage is disposed of in Type 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).

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How much does it cost to dispose of waste at a Type 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 Louisiana was $38 per ton according to the “L.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 Type 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 Louisiana, there were 23 permitted Type 3 landfills operating in FY12.

Who owns Type 3 landfills?

Nationally, about two-thirds are owned by local governments while about one-third are privately owned. In Louisiana, local governments own 9 while another 14 are privately owned.

What laws or regulations must be followed at Type 3 landfills?

Type 3 landfills are well-engineered facilities that must meet strict EPA and L.A. Department of Energy and Quality (DEQ) regulations on their location, design, operation, and closing. In Louisiana, all Type 3 landfills must be approved (receive a permit) by DEQ. In addition, local zoning and land-use ordinances may limit Type 3 landfill site selection.

Why do Type 3 landfills have liners?

Liners in Type 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 Type 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 DEQ 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 Type 3 landfill site selection. Any landfill, including Type 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 Type 3 landfills close?

First, before a Type 3 landfill is approved (given a permit from DEQ), 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 Type 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 Type 3 landfill will be monitored for 30 years.

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