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Landfills & Trash

Waste over Time in Cuyahoga County

Year

Population

Trash generate in tons

Tons recycled by residential/ commercial in tons

Tons Recycled by industry in tons

Recycling %

Pounds recycled per household

2004

1,394,123

3,546,452

623,223

823,263

41%

2005

1,351,152

3,504,502

646,644

823,181

42%

2006

1,314,241

3,457,870

580,867

813,914

41%

2007

1,295,958

3,339,407

589,640

908,031

45%

763

2008

1,283,925

3,302,821

228,808

1,190,862

42.9%

794

2009

1,275,709

2,553,729 

260,470 

720,767 

38.4 %

807 

As reported by the EPA

Notice:

  • The population of Cuyahoga County is decreasing over time.
  • Recycling rate is about the same until 2007.
  • Residential and commercial recycling has decreased along with trash generation.
  • In 2008, Solid Waste District initiated a new survey for industries, which can contribute to the increase in industry and overall recycling rate. One company, ArcelorMittal Steel was the main contributor to this year’s increase in tons.
  • Generally, due to the economy and slow or declining population growth, trash generation in the State of Ohio has decreased.
  • Pounds of recycling per housdehold is increasing, so more neighbors are recycling or recyclers are recycling more items.  This could be attributed to more types of plastics being accepted by recyclers such as no. 3-7.

 

How Trash Gets To A Landfill


Trash is picked up in a packer truck at your curb on trash day. 

The packer truck drops all the neighbors trash at the closest transfer station.

Trash is compacted and loaded onto semi trailer trucks to transport trash to the landfill.

Trash is dumped at the landfill either by trash being pushed out of the truck by walking floors or lifting the trailer bed as pictured above.  


The trash is compacted by using bulldozers and compactors to make more room in the landfill.  Above photo is called the working face of the landfill. 

The landfill has a fence to keep people out, but also to prevent litter from blowing off site.

Because the roads are dirt ones, they have to be watered on hot, dry days. 

New Landfill Under Construction



Landfills are dug out and then a layer made of clay and a second one made of plastic are layed down.  Safety systems to collect leachate and methane gas have to be installed before the landfill can except any trash. 

Old Landfills


This is a view on top of a mountain of trash or an old landfill in Solon, Ohio.  Landfills must be monitored for 30 years after they can no longer except trash.  This landfill also provides landfill gas to a near by business.  The landfill gas is used to cook food. 

Calendar of Events


Ongoing
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
City Service Departments

September
Scrap Tire Round-Up
City service departments

October 2, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Orange Village

October 12, 2014
Electronic & Metal Recycling Drive
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Bexley Park, South Euclid

October 13, 2014
Holiday -- County offices closed

October 20-21, 2014
AOR "Celebrating Recycling in Ohio" Conference
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge

October 23, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Downtown Cleveland

November 4, 2014
Election Day

November 4-14, 2014
Elect to Recycle: Campaign sign recycling program

November 11, 2014
Holiday - County offices closed

November 15, 2014
America Recycles Day

  

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