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Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

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Active MSW Landfills

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills in New York State

Interactive Map of Solid Waste Landfills (leaving DEC's website)

Landfilling of solid waste will continue to be a necessary part of integrated solid waste management systems, since there will always be a need to dispose of waste that cannot be economically reused or recycled or incinerated for energy recovery.

As of January 2016, there were 27 active MSW landfills in New York State. At the end of 2012, the landfills had approximately 200 million tons of capacity remaining including capacity actually constructed and that which was not yet constructed but permitted to be constructed. This equates to approximately 25.3 years of capacity at 7.9 million tons per year.

The minimum liner required for an MSW landfill is a double composite liner with primary and secondary leachate collection and removal systems. The double composite liner system allows for the performance of the system to be regularly evaluated to ensure adequate protection of groundwater resources.

State assistance grants are available for eligible municipal landfill closure projects.

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