Ada County Landfill

What Happens to Your Trash - Landfill

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What Happens to Your Trash

Waste that comes to the landfill is subjected to a very intense procedure.

Ordinary Waste is thrown into the landfill. Once it is put into the landfill it is compacted with machinery to make it as small as possible. After the waste is compacted as small as it can go it is covered with dirt, allowing the anaerobic process to begin, which creates landfill gas.

Recyclables are processed differently than trash

Wood Waste brought to the landfill by patrons is separated and ground up into mulch by a landfill contractor. That material is then sold to other businesses for such things as animal bedding, garden mulch, and other uses.

E-Waste is shipped off to a facility in California where it is stripped of the useful components and used to make the next generation of electronics. Your next phone or microwave could have recycled materials that came from the Ada County Landfill!

Household Hazardous Waste is processed differently than any other item in the landfill. If an item is brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or to a Mobile collection site it is examined. If it is a currently acceptable item that can be sold in stores, is at least half full and in the original container, it is put into the Material Reuse Program where Ada County Residents can take the item, free of charge.

If the item does not meet those requirements it is processed for proper disposal through a contractor who is trained in handling hazardous materials. Each chemical is processed differently, however, things like used cooking and motor oil are shipped off to be reprocessed into motor oil.

Tires are taken, by a contractor, and are shredded and put into making other things. Tires have been known to be put into asphalt and playground equipment.

No matter what type of waste is brought to the Landfill, we believe in utilizing the most environmentally efficient method of disposal, ensuring the longevity of the Ada County Landfill.

No matter what type of waste is brought to the landfill, we believe in utilizing the most environmentally efficient method of disposal, ensuring the longevity of the Ada County Landfill.

Questions?

Ada County Landfill
(208) 577-4725
solidwaste@adacounty.id.gov