In a recent PUBLIC WORKS survey, we surveyed readers on the solid waste hauling in their jurisdictions. Here's what they said:

  • Of those surveyed, 48.3% said that their waste goes to a privately-owned landfill, 27.6% said that it went to alandfill that is jointly shared with other municipalities, and 20.7% told us that their municipality owns their own landfill.
  • 33.9% of respondents said their landfill was 10-25 miles away. 18.6 said that it was 5-10 miles away, and another group of equal proportion said that it was 25-50 miles away. 16.9% of those polled said their landfill was less than five miles away. 11.9% said it was more than fifty.

Our readers told us that solid waste was processed in a number of ways, with 38.6% of those surveyed said solid waste removal was contracted out to vendors. 31.6% said that collection was handled by the municipality, while 29.8% said that their municipality used some combination of the two.