Dispose - Waste Disposal

After reducing, reusing and recycling all the materials you can, disposal is your last option. Chances are, you already have a waste hauler servicing your business to take away these last remaining discards - But do you know where they go?

Common disposal facilities include landfills and incinerators.

Landfill: A landfill is a permitted facility that disposes of solid waste in a series of compacted layers on land with daily covering of the waste with soil. Fill areas are carefully prepared using a sanitary liner to prevent risk to public health and the environment.

* C&D Landfill: A common type of permitted landfill commonly used by business is the C&D landfill. It is used for the disposal of construction and demolition debris. (Note: More and more C&D materials are being recycled. Check your community's recycling programs to find out if your waste of this nature might be reused or recycled instead of disposed. Check out the Programs, Events and Additional Resources for more information about C&D reuse and recycling and for more information about Green Building.)


Transfer Station: A facility where waste is removed from small collection vehicles and loaded onto larger transport vehicles. Waste then typically goes on to a landfill or incinerator facility.

Incinerator (or Waste-To-Energy Facility): An incinerator is a furnace for burning garbage or other refuse. A waste-to-energy incinerator burns waste to produce useful energy.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility: If you have materials that may be hazardous, be sure that you are following state and federal guidelines for hazardous materials handling and disposal. For additional assistance, click here for Federal and State Requirement information, or check Environmental Agencies.