A landfill is an engineered structure that isolates trash from the surrounding environment. Despite best efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, some waste can still remain. It is critical that those materials be disposed of in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner. Republic Services owns and operates nearly 200 landfills to safely manage a variety of waste materials.
Today’s modern landfills are not the dumps of yesterday. Landfills are an essential component of a comprehensive waste solution. These facilities have evolved over the years. Modern sanitary landfills incorporate sophisticated engineering that emphasizes environmental stewardship throughout the process of site selection, design, permitting, construction, operation and decommissioning.
Modern landfills are built with integrated systems, technologies and processes that help ensure environmental protection. Republic Services operates nearly 200 landfills across the United States that comply with local, state and federal guidelines. The specifications for a modern landfill include design features such as:
- Liners made of clay and plastic
- Leachate collection and management systems
- Drainage systems
- Landfill covering options
- Ground water monitoring systems
- Landfill gas management systems
- Renewable energy systems in some applications
Republic Services is committed to providing cost-effective and environmentally-sound disposal for a wide range of solid and special waste generated by residents and businesses. A third of our landfills also generate renewable energy, and we maximize the useful life of our landfills through best-in-class operations.
To further enhance the productivity of our landfills, Republic Services has implemented innovative solutions, including landfill gas-to-energy projects
and solar landfill covers
as part of our commitment to sustainability and the planet