Mega-Landfills in Virginia

megalandfills were built in seven Virginia counties during the 1990's, and an eighth has been proposed in Cumberland County (yellow)
megalandfills were built in seven Virginia counties during the 1990's, and an eighth has been proposed in Cumberland County (yellow)
Map Source: Wikipedia, List of cities and counties in Virginia

Seven major, mega-landfills were developed in the 1990's in Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Gloucester, King and Queen, King George and Sussex counties. Facilities accepting at least accepting 3,500 tons of municipal solid waste per day are often called "mega-landfills."1

An eighth mega-landfill has been proposed several times for Cumberland County. Despite approvals by local officials, no construction occurred before another proposal received approval in 2018. The company that proposed building the Green Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility in Cumberland County had been paying competitors to use their landfills, such as Waste Management in Amelia County.1

Some of the waste placed into mega-landfills is generated in Virginia, and some is imported from out-of-state.

landfills rely upon liners to keep leachate within a cell and clay caps to keep rainwater out
landfills rely upon liners to keep leachate within a cell and clay caps to keep rainwater out
Source: Green Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility, Community Meeting Presentation

Landfills in Virginia

Landfill Gas in Virginia

Maplewood Recycling and Waste Disposal Facility in Amelia County

Mega-Landfill in Cumberland County

Links

modern landfills include methane gas collection systems to protect clay caps from cracking under pressure
modern landfills include methane gas collection systems to protect clay caps from cracking under pressure
Source: Green Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility, Community Meeting Presentation

References

1. "Cumberland landfill, fiercely opposed by locals, would be states first new mega dump in two decades," Virginia Mercury, July 24, 2018, https://www.virginiamercury.com/2018/07/24/cumberland-landfill-fiercely-opposed-by-locals-would-be-states-first-new-mega-dump-in-two-decades/ (last checked July 14 2018)


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