At some point or another, most of us have heard at least something about Columbia’s landfill and recovery operations, where all of MU and Columbia’s waste and recycling is sent. Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the landfill via an Environmental Leadership Office-sponsored event, to finally see (and smell) what all the buzz was about. First though, some quick numbers about the facility, provided by a convenient fact sheet we received during the tour:
Fillin’ Up: Columbia’s Landfill
- 107 acres of the site is used for landfill.
- 720 total acres at the site.
- 6 billion tons is the full capacity of the landfill
- 50% of that 6 billion ton capacity is remaining.
- 600-700 tons of waste is added to the landfill daily.
Makin’ that Green: Fiscal year 2012
- $176,856 worth of the harvested methane from the site’s bioenergy plant has been paid to the Public Works Solid Waste Division by the Water & Light Department.
- 10,347 tons of material has been recycled in Columbia’s material recovery facility.
- 14,588 tons of compost have been processed at the sites compost facility.
(Somewhat) Dirty Jobs: Staffing
- 7 full-time employees at the recovery facility.
- 22 temporary employees at the recovery facility.
- 14 full-time employees at the landfill.
- 4 temporary employees at the landfill.
- 2 full-time employees at the compost facility.
- 1 temporary employee at the compost facility
Now, on to the photos!