Where to Find Us:
5700 Peabody Road
Columbia, MO 65202
Nicholas Paul, Landfill & Recovery Superintendent
Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm; Sat, 8am-2pm
From Columbia, go North on Paris Road/Route B to North Brown Station Road to Peabody Road. The landfill is located at 5700 Peabody Road. Click here for map.
The Columbia Sanitary Landfill operates using environmentally sound engineering practices for disposal of municipal solid waste while complying with state and federal regulations.
Methane gas generated from the landfill is being converted to electricity at the on-site bioenergy facility operated by the Water and Light Department since June 2008.
A small vehicle trash drop-off was opened this winter for improved customer convenience and operational safety.
The current disposal cell (Cell 5) is the second cell permitted to operate as a bioreactor, where liquids are added to the waste to accelerate decomposition, waste stabilization and gas production.
Plans are underway to construct a voluntary wetland area, relocate the Compost Facility elsewhere on site and design and construct an Administration and Collection Operations Facility.
Per city ordinance, the city shall not collect for disposal at its sanitary landfill, nor shall it accept for disposal at its sanitary landfill, the following items:
* While ordinance prohibits the City of Columbia from disposing of appliances in the landfill, the City will collect or accept major appliances; afterwhich they are recycled and not disposed of in the landfill.
The technique, while not new in the industry, is the first application of this technology in the state of Missouri. Camp, Dresser & McKee, an international consulting firm, provided the engineering services associated with the design and construction of the landfill cell.
The primary differences in the bioreactor technique and the current practice are shown below.
Subtitle D "dry tomb"
|Compact waste and cover to reduce moisture infiltration||Fluff waste and add moisture to augment decomposition|
|Waste decomposes and settles more completely creating additional landfill volume|
|Very slow decomposition over decades||Rapid waste stabilization of waste, within 5-10 years of placement, into an inert mass|
|Methane gas is generated over a longer period of time||Accelerated gas production over shorter period provides greater volumes for green energy|
Additional information on bioreactor landfills:
The city of Columbia Sanitary Landfill accepts asbestos-containing material for disposal. Asbestos requires special handling and the Asbestos Disposal Policy should be adhered to in order to bring it to the Columbia landfill. To arrange disposal of special materials such as asbestos, call 573-474-9145. Please print out and complete an Asbestos Disposal Form before bring asbestos products to the landfill.