Once at the landfill, all trash is weighed before it is directed to the proper disposal area. There is a drop-off area designed especially for small amounts of residential trash.
All other vehicles are directed to the working face of the landfill where the trash is unloaded. As it is unloaded, it is compacted by one of three 110,000 pound machines. These monsters are capable of compacting 1,400 pounds per cubic yard. This is an extremely important step. Maximum compaction means maximum air space saved which mean lower operating costs. At the end of each day, the trash is covered with dirt or another approved cover material.
This whole process is really fascinating. If you would like to see the operation for yourself, please feel free to set up a tour of the landfill. Call us at 252-633-1564.