Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much is the truck traffic going to increase with the expansion?

A: Actually, the truck traffic will remain the same as it is now. The landfill will still be permitted for the same maximum daily disposal limit as it has now. The expansion only does one thing -- extends the number of years the landfill can operate.

Q: How will I know that my drinking water is going to be safe?

A: American Landfill is located on naturally-occurring clays and is designed to BAT (Best Available Technology) standards which include a BAT liner and a comprehensive groundwater monitoring system in accordance with Ohio EPA regulations. The landfill is required to collect background samples from each of the groundwater wells before beginning the routine groundwater monitoring. Groundwater testing is conducted twice a year with reports submitted to the Ohio EPA and the Stark County Board of Health. Also, the Stark County Board of Health performs its own testing of residential wells within the surrounding area.

Q: Why are you asking for this expansion?

A: Like any other type of business, it is necessary to have a long-term business plan, and the only way to develop a plan is by knowing how many years your facility will be in operation. Also, because securing an expansion is a lengthy and expensive process, it only makes sense to minimize the number of times an expansion is submitted.

Q: Why doesn't Waste Management do more recycling rather than expand the landfill?

A: Waste Management does have a very strong commitment to recycling - its recycling division is the largest collector of recyclable materials from businesses and households in North America. It operates material recovery facilities that have processed more than five million tons of recyclable commodities each year. However, even with the amount of recycling that is taking place, there still is a need for landfills. See more information on our Recycling Services.