Washington County Solid Waste

Landfill Facts

What is a landfill?

A landfill is a regulated and complex operation that captures the trash and garbage we produce every day. Even though it is considered one of the oldest forms of waste treatment, it is not to be confused with a dump. Before modern landfills, like the one we have in Washington County, people would typically burn their trash or take it to an unregulated dump site. With our growing population and consumerism, most municipalities have standardized the method of collection and storage of our waste.

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In Washington County, we now have lined cells at our landfill.

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Six inches of daily cover is spread daily to cover that day’s deposition.

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Daily Cover is the term given to the compressed dirt or soil used to cover the waste disposed that day. Its main jobs are to reduce odors and to keep a firm base upon which waste haulers can operate their vehicles.

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In 2007, the residents of Washington County landfilled 122 million pounds of material.

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On average, each home in Washington County, disposed of 2,700 pounds of material into the landfill.

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Garbage is the term used to define food waste.

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Trash is the term used to define unwanted materials.

Diagram of Lined Landfill

Diagram of Lined Landfill