require careful planning, time, and money before they become a reality.
Work on a landfill site begins only after the site passes strict
legal, environmental, and engineering tests. It is not a quick procedure;
it can take five years before the landfill is ready to use, at a
cost of $2 to $4 million.
Scroll your mouse over the landfill diagram to learn more about
the construction and operation of a landfill.
Glossary term: leachate
Taking away your trash is not free! Landfills need money
to pay workers and to maintain safety and environmental safeguards.
Some communities charge a flat monthly pickup fee while other communities
charge by the amount of trash, by the bag, or waste can. This
is called a tipping fee.