Landfills For All of Our Trash Needs

Landfills for All of Our Trash Needs

Landfills for all of our trash needs and what you need to know about them.    When a roll off container is removed from your property it can be taken to one of four landfills.  The different types of landfills serve different functions.  Once you understand the functions you will understand the restrictions that are placed on what can and can’t load into a container.

Landfills for all your trash needs

The Four Types of Containers

There are three standard types of landfills: construction and demolition, municipal solid waste and hazardous waste.  Each type takes specific types of waste and has different practices to limit environmental impact.  A fourth and newer style of landfill is called “green waste”, which allows for controlled disposal of organic materials.

C&D or Construction and Demolition Landfills

A C&D landfill is where industrial waste is disposed of.  Though any type of solid industrial waste is accepted at these landfills, construction debris is the number one filler followed by concrete, asphalt, gypsum, lumber, metal, bricks and other building material.

The C&D landfills are also known as MRFs – Material Recovery Facilities.  Debris that is brought in is piled up and sorted by workers into reusable materials and landfill materials.  Reusable materials are bought or donated to local stores that tag themselves as builders with reclaimed materials.  In addition, some MRFs repurpose materials in-house, such as turning lumber into mulch.

MSWs or Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

This is where your household and non-hazardous waste ends up, everything from empty cereal boxes to Grandma’s basement cleanout.  MSW landfills maintain strict guidelines for safety and monitoring.  Regulations and requirements for landfill liners, locations, groundwater monitoring and operating practices.  For everyone’s safety some materials may be banned from disposal in MSWs, including common household items like paints, cleaners/chemicals, motor oil, batteries and pesticides.

Hazardous Waste Landfills

Hazardous waste landfills are extremely structured and regulated. They are specifically engineered to hold hazardous wastes that eliminates any chance of it being released into the environment.  Requirements for hazardous include:

  • Double liners
  • Double leachate collection and removal systems
  • Leak detection systems
  • Run on, runoff and wind dispersal controls
  • Construction quality assurance programs

Hazardous waste landfills should be inspected multiple times a year to ensure that the facility is up to code and the standards are A+.

Green Waste Landfills

The rise of the green waste landfills is to help keep materials that naturally decompose on their own from filling up the already overflowing landfills.

Green waste landfills are simply composting sites for organic materials such as fruits, vegetables and yard waste.  Green waste does not include things like dried leaves, pine straw or hay.  These items are rich in carbon and considered brown waste.

For more information on local landfills in Acworth, Ga call R & R Container Services at 770-975-9554.  They will haul-away your garbage and waste to the appropriate landfill to keep your environment  safe and healthy.