Whenever you “throw something away” it’s taken to the Monterey Peninsula Landfill – the final disposal site for approximately 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste delivered to the facility each year from Monterey Peninsula homes and businesses

This 461-acre site began operating as a sanitary landfill two miles to the north of Marina in 1965.  Engineers project that it has space for more than 100 years of waste at current disposal rates.  Currently, portions of the Landfill have been filled to an elevation of  130 feet , however the site is  permitted to reach a final elevation of 264 feet.

The entire Monterey Peninsula Landfill has been engineered with controls in place to separate waste safely from the environment.  The landfill is composed of modules or cells that are filled in one at a time. The 23-acre module currently in use was completed in June 2013.  The construction of a new module begins with an engineered composite liner made from a 2 foot thick layer of clay, covered with a heavy plastic liner. Leachate collection pipes and sand are placed above the liner to catch any liquids draining from the waste – these are recirculated through the landfill. Finally, a 2 foot thick layer of compost is placed over the sand drainage layer to protect the plastic liner from being damaged by heavy machinery.