Municipal Landfill Cease and Transfer
This page contains information on the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Cease and Transfer Program, which pertains to the transferring of waste to more cost-effective regional landfills.
A 2009 Integrated Solid Waste Planning report showed the groundwater contamination caused by unlined landfills have caused operating costs to rise beyond the financial capabilities of many local governments in Wyoming. At that time, it was determined that shared landfills can help control the rising costs. As a result, many small landfill operators plan to transfer waste to more cost-effective regional landfills, and then close their local landfills.
A community can’t close its landfill until the infrastructure for waste transfer is in place. The process of constructing a transfer station may require one or two years because of the time needed to determine community needs, make arrangements for funding, and complete permitting, design and construction. Depending on community size and transport distances, the infrastructure needed can range from a refuse collection (packer) truck to a large transfer station.
DEQ evaluated local landfills across the state and, in December 2013, produced a prioritization list. This list details which communities served by small landfills need to transfer their solid waste to a regional landfill and the timeframe recommended for each transfer and subsequent closure.
To see which community landfills are on the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Cease and Transfer Program List, click the link below.