Solid Waste Management

At Seneca Meadows, we operate our waste management facility with an environmental integrity that surpasses industry standards: With more extensive environmental controls and higher caliber monitoring equipment, we go beyond the requirements of our permits to provide advanced protection for the air and water at our site and in our community.

The Seneca Meadows Landfill operates under 50 local, state and federal permits; and undergoes inspections from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

All of the communities that we service, at Seneca Meadows, maintain active recycling programs. Incoming waste materials must meet State and federal non-hazardous, solid waste parameters, and all non-municipal waste is laboratory tested to ensure that these parameters are met.

Environmental controls, such as our landfill liner and leachate collection system, are the key to operating an ecologically sound waste management facility. Take a moment to learn how this system works to protect groundwater in the slideshow below.

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Solid Waste Slide - HDPE Linear Placement
Solid Waste Slide - Leachate Collection Pipe
Solid Waste Slide - Landfill Gas Header Installation
Solid Waste Slide - Final Cover Placement

1HDPE Liner Placement Two clay liners are combined with two high density polyethylene liners underneath the landfill to form a five foot thick liner system which acts as a barrier between the waste and the underlying groundwater table

2Leachate Collection Pipe Leachate (liquid that has passed through waste) is collected and piped out of the landfill for treatment at a Waste Water Treatment Facility

3Landfill Gas Header Installation Landfill gas, a byproduct of decomposition, is collected from the landfill and burned as a fuel in engine generators to produce electricity

4Final Cover Once an area of the landfill has reached its designed grade, it is covered with high density polyethylene and/or a thick layer of highly impermeable soils to prevent the infiltration of rainwater

To learn more about the innovations at Seneca Meadows Landfill, click through our interactive graphic.


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