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Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

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Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills in New York State

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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 December 2022, there were 25 active MSW landfills in New York State. At the end of 2020, the landfills had approximately 202 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 22 years of capacity at 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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