3730 White Lake Boulevard, Naples Florida
Monday - Saturday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Hand unloading - 7:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. / Dump trailers - 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
A landfill site (also known as a tip, dump, or rubbish dump; and, historically, as a midden) is a site for the disposal of solid waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment. Historically, landfills have been the most common methods of organized waste disposal and remain so in many places around the world.
The Collier County Landfill property was purchased by the Board of County Commissioners August 30, 1974, and was under construction from 1975 to 1976 when the County's population was approximately 60,000. (Current population as of the 2015 US Census is 357,305.) The first solid waste was delivered to the Collier County Landfill in December 1976. The landfill is operated on behalf of the County by Waste Management Inc., of Florida (cotract was awarded in 1995). The Collier County Landfill (formerly known as the Naples Sanitary Landfill) is a 310.97-acre Class I solid waste management facility and accepts incoming solid waste six days a week (Monday through Saturday), except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Independence Day (July 4).
Collier County Landfill:
The Collier County Landfill is a lined, Class I landfill operating under required permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. A Class I landfill accepts municipal solid waste that is not hazardous waste. The landfill is an engineered system designed and constructed to protect the environment. Protective features have been added to the design to minimize the risk of pollutants escaping into the environment. The landfill is constantly monitored as required by federal and state regulations.
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW):
MSW means garbage, refuse, and similar solid waste material discarded from residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial sources. MSW consists of everyday items such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, etc. When these materials are buried in a landfill they decompose, which results in the production of leachate (garbage juice) and landfill gas. These substances must be controlled and monitored to protect public health and safety, and the environment.
The Solid And Hazardous Waste Management Department of Collier County provides collection and disposal service to approximately 265,000 residential accounts. Solid waste is collected by a franchise solid waste collection program. The franchise waste collection program reflects best-of-class operation. It includes the following level of service for residential customers, including those in multi-family establishments:
- Garbage Collection: twice weekly (unlimited)
- Yard Trash Collection: weekly (up to 10 bundles)
- White Goods Collection: on demand
- Brown Goods Collection: on demand
- Electronics Collection: weekly
- Tires Collection: weekly
- Battery Collection: weekly
- Recycling Collection:weekly
Unlimited collection and comprehensive recycling is provided countywide to discourage illegal dumping, a historic problem adversely affecting the county's sensitive environment. Collier County is responsible for recycling roughly 75 percent of the total amount of waste generated. In FY2015, 1,573,443 tons of municipal solid waste was generated in the county, of which 221,455 tons were disposed of in the Collier County Landfill and 1,351,988 tons diverted and/or recycled.
Collier County Landfill Cell Design and Construction Process:
Bottom Liner System and Leachate Collection System:
The goal of constructing a bottom liner system is to prevent leachate from migrating into the groundwater underneath the landfill. Liners also help prevent landfill gas from migrating out the bottom of the landfill into surrounding soils. The liner system consists of barrier layers designed to intercept the leachate to drainage layers that route the leachate to a point where it can be removed from the landfill.
In the Collier County Landfill, an area is excavated down to the rock base, then at least three feet of compacted soil is added. An HDPE bottom liner is placed over the compacted soil. Since the liner prevents the migration of leachate into the groundwater, a leachate pipe collection system is installed over the liner to remove leachate. A geotextile mat is placed over the leachate collection pipes. The depth of the leachate above the liner is limited to one foot. Gravel/river rock is added on top of the geotextile mat. A drainage layer of sand is added over the gravel. A first layer of screened MSW that has had all of the sharp items removed (to prevent puncturing the liner) is added. At the Collier County Landfill, the leachate pipes penetrate the liner system and are connected to lift stations where the leachate is pumped to the county's wastewater treatment plant.