Landfill 101

Society will always need landfills for the safe disposal of certain items. Landfills are a part of the essential infrastructure necessary for a community to function.

In the U.S., there are different types of landfills that are permitted to accept different types of material. For instance, certain landfills can only accept construction and demolition debris, while other landfills accept only hazardous waste. Medical waste has its own unique disposal requirements as well.

Another distinction between U.S. landfills involves their status, such as active (accepting waste) or closed (no longer accepting waste). Active landfills are generally permitted to accept waste for a period of time, typically based upon the amount of space remaining in the landfill. Closed landfills, however, still have regulatory requirements, including various financial and environmental responsibilities.

There is a tremendous amount of science and engineering behind responsible landfill management. In the 21st century, there is also considerable government regulation at federal and state levels affecting the disposal and management of waste. Simply put, society requires more of landfills today than ever before.

Bridgeton Landfill is home to incredible technical innovation and scientifically-based management practices. It is also among the most closely monitored landfills in the nation. It is a place where only the most talented landfill operators work. It has also become a destination for STEM teachers and students who aspire to careers in math and science disciplines.

The Landfill team routinely welcomes area schools and academic groups for tours and teacher trainings. If you are interested in visiting Bridgeton Landfill, please use the “Contact Us” section of this web site.