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    Cases heard by the Amarillo Municipal Court are Class C misdemeanor violations that have fine only penalties. Jurors for the Amarillo Municipal Court are selected at random from a list of voter registrations and a list of drivers licenses. If summonsed for jury duty, you are required to report for the date and time listed on your summons. View More
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Sours: https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/planning-and-development-services/public-works/solid-waste-collection-disposal/amarillo-landfill

Amarillo Landfill

Amarillo Landfill is Managed by City of Amarillo Government, Amarillo Dump allows you to dispose of the following items here:

 

  • Animal Waste
  • Construction & Demolition
  • Waste Carpet Material
  • Contaminated Soil
  • Dry Industrial
  • Medical Waste
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Ash
  • Recyclables
  • Sludge
  • Special Waste
  • Tires (Truck)
  • Tires (Tractor)
  • Tires (Auto)

Contact

  • 16250 Bezner Dr, Amarillo, TX 79124, United States
  • +1 806-359-2056
  • No Email
  • https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/planning-and-development-services/public-works/solid-waste-collection-disposal/amarillo-landfill

Opening hours

  • Monday:
    8am - 7pm
  • Tuesday:
    8am - 7pm
  • Wednesday:
    8am - 7pm
  • Thurstday:
    8am - 7pm
  • Friday:
    8am - 7pm
  • Saturday:
    8am - 5pm
  • Sunday:
    Closed
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Solid Waste

About Us

The City of Amarillo's Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Division is responsible for the collection and disposal of the City’s trash or garbage. The City’s landfill is the disposal burial site for all non-hazardous solid waste collected in Amarillo. The City utilizes a fully automated, containerized collection system.

The division focuses on several initiatives throughout the city including:

Collection

The Solid Waste Collection Division provides for the safe and efficient collection of residential and commercial solid waste within the city limits of Amarillo.

Curbside Cart Information

The Curbside Cart Program allows for the utilization of only one worker for each truck and route.

A better appearance of the City neighborhoods is maintained by the elimination of unsightly piles of trash, torn garbage bags, and lines of trash cans. 

Information regarding the City's Curbside Cart Program is available at www.curbsidecart.com.

Curbside Cart Rollout Service

Curbside Cart Rollout Service is available to residents for a nominal monthly fee. City of Amarillo employees will roll your cart to and from your curb twice a week prior to trash collection. Pricing for the service is based on number of carts and distance from your home. A complete breakdown of costs can be found at www.curbsidecart.com/rollout-service.

Disposal

The Solid Waste Disposal Division provides for safe and environmentally efficient processing, transportation, compaction, and daily cover of the community's waste at Transfer Stations and the Landfill, in compliance with federal, state and local permit regulations.

Annual Budget

2018-2019 Solid Waste
2019-2020 Solid Waste
  
For more information, contact us at [email protected].
Sours: https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/planning-and-development-services/public-works/solid-waste-collection-disposal
Amarillo's Bulky Waste Trash Pick-Up

Amarillo must fix venting issue at city landfill to avoid fines

From a distance, the orange pipes that decorate a small manmade hill off Interstate 40 between Bushland and Bishop Hills resemble unlit candles on a birthday cake. But instead of frosting, the pipes burrow into decades of garbage. And rather than wishes, the fumes that vent from the tops are air pollutants known as greenhouse gas.

For years, these vented pipes have been used at the Amarillo City Landfill to expel gas created by decaying garbage - a process approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for low-producing landfills. But as the city continues to grow, so does the amount of trash it throws away, and the vented orange pipes are no longer a viable way to deal with the excess gases.

Last year, the Amarillo landfill exceeded the limits of gas production that allow it to use the simple venting system.

Because of that overage, a gas collection and control system must be installed, costing the city about $5.5 million.

As Amarillo City Council members are siphoning through nearly $1 billion in capital needs, prioritizing needs versus wants and what can be done now as compared to later, the millions needed at the landfill have been stamped as a priority.

"It's a tough one," Councilman Mark Nair said.

"This one is at the top of the list. We have to deal with it - we just have to find the money."

What's the cost?

The city likely will deplete its landfill improvement fund to purchase the system, Deputy City Manager Bob Cowell said. About $600,000 a year is put in the fund.

Finance Department employees report they anticipate the balance of the fund come Oct. 1 will be $5.4 million, and plans call for transfering in an additional $600,000 from the General Fund during fiscal year 2016-17.

Because the city landfill has exceeded the threshold of allowable chemicals known as non-methane volatile organic compounds in the landfill - the gases that are currently being vented out - it is mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to put in the control system or face fines.

In addition to the $5.5 million capital expense to install the system, the cost of maintaining it will be about $200,000 a year, Public Works Director Robert Patrick said.

Is there a choice?

While cities across the world are looking to alternative approaches to dealing with excess landfill gases such as turning it into energy for profit, Amarillo is planning for a more traditional approach.

Questions about how green the approach is and why Amarillo would choose to burn off a gas it could potentially sell have both been raised.

"When I first heard we'll just flare off the gas, it bothered me deeply," Nair said.

"Partly because we have all these wind-powered mills out there, and then behind them you'll have this gas flaring off like a scene from (the movie) 'Blade Runner,' is really distressing me.

"I think the message we need to push forward is that Amarillo is the area for opportunity, but also really clever, alternative energy opportunities."

But whether the city has the means to produce enough gas to sell it is questionable.

Because Amarillo is dry and moisture is the main catalyst that speeds up the decomposition of garbage, the city's arid
climate likely will result in the landfill always being a low gas producer.

City officials think the main reason Amarillo exceeded thresholds was due to heavy rainfall in 2015.

However, two innovators working with a North Texas landfill think there is a way to increase landfill gases in drier areas.

Located on the north end of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the work being done at the Denton landfill to turn trash into energy has not only piqued the interest of other cities in the Lone Star State, but also those living in dry climates across the globe.

About seven years ago, that city partnered with University of Texas at Arlington Professor Sahadat Hossain and Assistant Professor Melanie Sattley to create a more sustainable landfill.

Their work involved creating a process where they harvested rainfall and recirculated water known as leachate (which is typically pumped out of landfills at a cost) to create more moisture in the decomposition process.

The result was more than twice the level of methane being produced.

Denton shows another way

The City of Denton was then able to take that extra gas and turn it into energy to power 1,600 homes in the city.

The process of turning gas into energy isn't exactly new. Operations in Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota already use it, but Denton was the first city to do it in Texas.

The capital expense also wasn't cheap, and cost about as much as the gas control and flare system will.

But, the difference is that those who turn the gas into sellable energy recover most of the costs - and can make money. Flaring gas could basically be the equivalent to burning money, some experts said.

Denton spent about $1.5 million in 2008 to put in its gas collection system and another $4 million in 2009 for the generator system to route the energy to homes.

According to TCEQ, Amarillo could modify its permit to recirculate leachate and create a similar process, should the city wish to.

Hossain, who has his bachelor's degree in civic and environmental engineering, said typically in regions that are drier, such as Texas, the solution to garbage in landfills is to "fill them up, cover it up and then forget about it."

Landfills, he said, have become the end point for solid waste - but they're not sustainable.

Amarillo's landfill has a life expectancy of about 100 years.

For Amarillo, which is significantly drier than Denton and the state, harvesting rainwater might not be an optimal option, though.

In 2015 when rainfall was particularly high, Denton received about 69.7 inches while Amarillo had about 34 inches.

Over a 30-year average, Denton typically gets about 38.2 inches of rain; Amarillo averages about 21.14. The state averages about 35.65 inches.

Vance Kemler, general manager for Denton's solid waste operation, said unless Amarillo could identify a usable water source, speeding up the composition process to produce more methane gases might not be possible.

In addition to finding the water, he said if that source is not nearby, the costs involved in piping the water would be a burden, both financially and environmentally.

"Water is more important to humans and animals - you have to balance those," Kemler said.

However, Hossain said being a drier climate shouldn't be the nail in the coffin of whether or not his process will work. The process, he said, can work anywhere.

"We just need a rearrangement of thinking," he said.

Panel to add more voices

The recent approval by City Council members to create an environmental ad-hoc subcommittee might be Amarillo's answer to thinking outside of the box when it comes to such issues.

Whether their work will result in recommending a process such as what was done in Denton, or if they come up with other ways to have a more sustainable landfill are still to be determined, Nair said.

Should the city go the route of installing a flaring system, Nair has asked for them to consider alternatives to the ones that actually look like burning candles and to choose something less visible, such as an enclosed flare.

A recycling program also will be considered by the committee, a solution Kemler said might be more viable for Amarillo.

"I think the cities need to consciously educate and develop a program that will reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill," he said.

Recycling, for example, could drastically reduce solid waste entering landfills. But it also is a solution that many cities are cutting back on because it doesn't make sense in
the current commodity market.

"Recycling does not pay its own way, financially," Kemler said. "But that doesn't mean you stop planning. You have to look at it from the long-term plan."

Nair said one of the first tasks for the environmental ad-hoc subcommittee will be to look at the viability of a citywide recycling program in Amarillo - something that currently doesn't exist.

Nair said that in the past, he's always received the same response from the city when asked about recycling: "It's too expensive, and it doesn't make sense."

He said, however, that actual data behind the response had never been gathered. The subcommittee will gather that information.

"If it makes no sense at all, well it makes no sense," Nair said.

"But I think it should continue to be something we revisit every couple of years ... I just want to make sure we're solid for the next five years, decade, 20 years."

Breaking down the landfill problem

What is a gas control system? A gas control system migrates gases in landfills to reduce potential for explosion. How the gases are handled after varies depending on the landfill. Amarillo will likely install a flare to burn off the excess gases.

What is landfill gas? Landfill gas is made when bacteria breaks down the garbage buried in a landfill cell. When mixed with moisture, the garbage eventually begins to release methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. A small amount of nitrogen, oxygen, ammonia, sulfides, hydrogen and various other gases also are released.

What is leachate? Leachate forms when rain water filters through waste placed in a landfill. When this liquid comes in contact with buried waste, it leaches, or draws out, chemicals or constituents from that waste.

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