Monarch Hill Landfill
Monarch Hill landfill, which currently takes in approximately 3,500 tons of waste per day, is permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Class I landfill. It is permitted to accept only non-hazardous waste including Municipal Solid Waste, Construction and Demolition Debris, Yard Waste and Special Waste including contaminated soil, lime sludge from water treatment plants and wastewater sludge from Broward County’s Water and Wastewater Services facility nearby.
During the boom years of the South Florida economy and construction activity, Monarch Hill received as much as 10,000 tons of waste a day. Due to the economic downturn, and increased recycling activity, tonnage coming to the landfill has decreased.
Monarch Hill, however, remains a vital South Florida resource following hurricane events. In 2005, following Hurricane Wilma, the landfill took in approximately one million tons of hurricane debris. In 1994, Hurricane Andrew used up about seven years of life in Monarch Hill landfill as the site provided a safe, environmentally sound disposal option so nearly 10.5 million tons of debris could be removed from our communities in a timely manner.
Waste Management is committed to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and has invested millions of dollars into Monarch Hill landfill’s control systems that include landfill liners, landfill gas collection, and groundwater and air quality monitoring.