Who owns and operates Arlington Landfill?
Arlington Landfill is owned by the City of Arlington. Republic Services has a contract with the City of Arlington to conduct daily operations of the Landfill. The City of Arlington has a contract with Renovar Energy Corporation to manage the Landfill’s gas system and the gas-to-energy project on site. Big City Concrete operates a concrete recycling facility, and Living Earth operates a green waste recycling facility on site.
How much waste is accepted daily?
The facility currently accepts approximately 4,500 tons of waste daily.
Where does the waste originate?
The waste disposed of at Arlington Landfill is generated at homes, businesses, industry and government entities from all across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, primarily from the cities of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Euless, Bedford, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Grapevine, and sections of Fort Worth and Mesquite.
What types of wastes are accepted at the Landfill?
Arlington Landfill accepts Municipal Solid Waste, Commercial Waste and Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste. We cannot accept tires, batteries, or hazardous wastes.
What environmental protection systems are in place?
Arlington Landfill is operated in a manner that works to protect public health and the environment. We regularly monitor and report our activities to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and we strive to meet or exceed all state and federal regulations. All waste is disposed of within the boundary of a constructed landfill area that has been engineered to protect the environment and meets all federal, state and local regulations. There are many environmental protection systems at Arlington Landfill, including but not limited to the following:
Rainwater collection: Stormwater runoff is collected and contained in detention ponds, which allow soil particles to settle before the water is discharged to a nearby waterway. Visual inspections are conducted quarterly, and analysis is done semi-annually.
Groundwater monitoring: Arlington Landfill assesses groundwater with 30 individual groundwater monitoring wells. Each well is routinely tested to verify the groundwater’s quality.
Gas collection: Once trash is disposed of, it naturally decomposes and produces gas. A landfill gas management system collects gas through a series of pipes and more than 182 gas wells. Collected gas is cleaned and piped to a treatment plant for reuse as an alternative fuel. The gas collection system is regularly monitored to control gas emissions and gas migration.
Final capping: Once we bring our elevation to final grade, we place a final cover over the top to entomb the waste. This cover is designed to keep liquids out and gases in to aid in the protection of the environment. The cap includes 24 inches of soil or clay, a low-density polyethylene liner, a geocomposite layer, and 18 inches of topsoil and vegetation.
Who permits and inspects the facility?
The facility is fully permitted and inspected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) annually, or more often.
Why do we need a landfill?
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has a population of 6 million people in 12 counties who generate household, commercial and industrial waste on a daily basis. Arlington Landfill serves as one outlet for proper trash disposal for this waste.
Is the Landfill really important to our community?
Absolutely! Responsibly managed landfills are vital for the safe disposal of waste for any community. This involves the proper handling of landfill gas and liquids, which are byproducts of the decomposition of waste. It also requires science, engineering and technology to manage an evolving waste stream in a manner that is protective of the air, land and water upon which our communities depend. Additionally, the Landfill is an integral part of the local economy. It provides jobs for local residents and affordable waste disposal options for residents and businesses. We also support the local economy with the purchase of goods and services.
What additional steps are taken to ensure that the Landfill is a good neighbor?
All employees at Arlington Landfill are trained to handle incoming waste in the most environmentally responsible manner. Access to the site is limited to one entrance/exit. The facility records and tracks all waste shipments with gate receipts and a network of video cameras. Each load of incoming waste is visually inspected to safeguard that only permitted materials are accepted for disposal. Once unloaded, the waste is visually inspected again. At the end of each working day, daily cover is placed over the waste. Steps are also taken to control dust, litter and odor. Periodic watering of access roads inhibits dust from rising when trucks travel in and out of the Landfill. A sweeper is used to keep nearby roadways clean. Litter is minimized by limiting the size of the active disposal area, applying daily cover and using fencing on windy days to catch blowing materials. Any litter that blows off-site is collected by landfill personnel.
How do you control odors?
Landfill gas and odors are controlled with responsible landfill management practices such as waste compaction, applying daily cover per our permit, and the use of an effective landfill gas collection and control system. Landfill personnel conduct routine odor inspections to prevent off-site odor and deal with odor as quickly as possible once detected. The Landfill gas system is upgraded and expanded on a regular frequency as the Landfill grows. Additionally, in 2015 we installed a one-mile air vapor / odor neutralizing system that surrounds the Landfill and runs constantly. We also use water misting and odor neutralizers to assist in odor control.
What is the life expectancy of the Landfill?
There is capacity for approximately 39 more years of disposal at current disposal rates.
It appears that there is construction going on at the Landfill. What’s happening?
It is common to see construction activities at the Landfill that may include the use of heavy equipment. This construction is part of the ongoing operation and maintenance of our environmental protection systems.
What happens once the Arlington Landfill stops being used as a landfill?
Once the Landfill is filled to capacity, a final landfill capping system will be installed that consists of an engineered soil liner, cover soils, and a vegetation layer. At that time it is possible the site could be used as an open green space, parks, wildlife viewing area, or nature trails.
Based on current regulations, the site will also be maintained for an additional 30 years in post-closure care after the final closure. This care includes continued groundwater monitoring, leachate management, and compliance reporting until such time the TCEQ approves the site for final closure.
How long does it take for something to breakdown in a landfill?
Organic waste can decompose within months, while non-organic waste such as plastics and glass can take 450-1,000 years to fully decompose.
When is the Landfill open for business?
Arlington Landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm. Arlington Landfill is closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Can I take a tour of the Landfill?
Yes, landfill tours are offered. Please call (817)354-2305 to arrange a time for a tour.