A BRIEF HISTORY OF LANDFILLS
YOU ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU THROW AWAY
ACCEPTABLE AND NON-ACCEPTABLE ITEMS
Over the last decade, landfills have undergone many dramatic
The reasons for waste separation are many, but the most
changes. The dug out pits, or what we cal ed dumps, were left open for
important being you should only pay for what you throw away.
The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia
people to dispose of their throw away items. Today, landfills are
You should not be charged for any recycling.
Department of Natural Resources has banned a number of items
engineered and designed facilities.
Upon entering the Landfill, you will be directed to the Scale
from landfills across Georgia, including Douglas County’s Cedar
Starting in 1998, many new requirements were placed into effect,
House where it will be determined what is being carried on your
Mountain Landfill. These items include the following:
including lining the area with two feet of clay and a thick plastic liner
and treating any water collected by it. All of these requirements are
If you have recyclables only, you will be directed to the
Vegetative Waste: Effective Sept. 1, 1996, as stated by
regulated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
EPD, “solid waste management authority shall impose
Environmental Protection Division (EPD), which also permits and
If you have household garbage or household garbage with
restrictions on yard trimmings which are generated in or may
inspects each landfill in the state.
recyclables, you will pay the clerk and be directed to the proper
be ultimately be disposed of in its area of jurisdiction.”
After a landfill has been filled to capacity, it is capped with two feet
Solution: The Cedar Mountain Landfill will still allow
of clay and six inches of topsoil before it is grassed at time of “closure”.
If you have commercial garbage or any non-household
citizens to bring yard trimmings, etc., but the trimmings must
For the next 30 years, Douglas County will responsible for maintaining
garbage, including yard waste or construction debris, you will be
be separated from the rest of the waste in each load. Loads
the cover and monitoring more than 100 different chemicals in the
asked to have your vehicle weighed before you unload and after
will be rejected and turned away if trash and yard waste are
monitoring wells which are used as an early warning for possible, but
mixed together. The yard waste will be diverted to a separate
If you have recycling along with your commercial or non-
area where it will be chipped.
Once a customer is done with an item and decides to dispose of it,
household garbage, you will be asked to unload those items
that is only the beginning of its end. The Douglas County Landfill
before weighing in. In this way, you will not be charged for these
Lead Acid Batteries: This includes automobile and boat
becomes the responsible owner and must maintain compliance with
many state guidelines that govern landfills for many, many years. As a
If you are asked to weigh in and weigh out, the computer will
Solution: The Cedar Mountain Landfill’s Recycling Center
customer, you are paying for that long-term period that makes landfills
figure the difference between the two weights and generate the
accepts lead acid batteries for recycling.
protect human health and the environment, as well as paying for future
Liquid Wastes: All liquids are prohibited from landfills,
It is in the best interest of all citizens, to do a better job of handling
The following fee schedule is effective March 1, 2009:
including paint and automobile fluids.
waste before its goes into the landfill by reducing what we use and
Solution: Motor oil is accepted at the Recycling Center, but
recycling when we can.
Recycling: Metal, appliances, motor oil, mixed paper,
all other items must be handled separately. Other items may
aluminum cans, glass, Electronics, Vegetable Oil, Propane Tanks,
be acceptable as solids. Pouring paint and allowing it to dry
on cardboard or old carpet will make it acceptable for
RECYCLING AND ITS IMPORTANCE
small engine units, Re-Use item, copier & printer cartridges and
disposal. Mixing paint and other liquids with kitty litter or
Recycling is becoming more important as municipalities seek ways
other absorbing material may also form an acceptable solid.
to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. Douglas County is
no exception and the landfill has taken great strides to make recycling
Household Trash (under 500 lbs)
Tires: Tires are considered a hazardous waste and may not
both easy and beneficial. Douglas County has been mandated by the
be disposed of in a landfill.
State of Georgia to reduce the amount of waste entering the Cedar
Douglas County Residents
Solution: Douglas County does offer scrap tire recycling at
Mountain Landfill by 25%. Recycling is one of many efforts aimed at
Residents w/ recycling
its Recycling Center. There is, however, a charge for this
meeting that goal.
$18.00 up to 500lbs
service. Tires must be separated from rims. See Fee
Recycling of the following items at the Recycling Center is free:
Non residents over 500lbs plus $45.00 Ton
scrap metal and appliances, aluminum cans, motor oil, lead acid
batteries, mixed paper products, small engine units, cooking oil,
Freon-loaded items: Air conditioners, freezers,
propane tanks, glass jars and bottles.
Household trash includes daily waste produced inside the home.
refrigerators, water fountains and drink machines are all
The recycling center also accepts scrap tires and freon loaded
It does not include any type of construction material or carpet.
items, which contain freon and may not be disposed of in
appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, but a fee
is charged for each item.
Household Trash: (over 500 lbs)
Solution: The EPA’s Clean Air Act requires the freon to be
Vegetative waste, including yard trimmings, limbs, grass clippings,
reclaimed from these items. The Cedar Mountain Landfill
stumps, trees, branches and garden residuals are also being recycled.
must pay a certified recovery agent to perform this service.
These items are banned from being buried in the landfil , but will be
Construction Demolition Material
This charge is passed on to the customer disposing of each
diverted to a separate area and chipped. The resulting wood chips,
(Non-household trash including residential and commercial
item.. See Fee Schedule.
mulch and compost may be hauled away, free of charge, by Douglas
construction materials, remodeling materials, carpet, roofing
Biomedical Waste, Radioactive, Hazardous and PCB
County residents. The vegetative waste must not be in plastic bags and
Wastes: These wastes are not acceptable for disposal at the
must be clean and not mixed with lumber, garbage and other items.
Cedar Mountain Landfill and must be specially handled.
There is a fee charged for the disposal of vegetative waste. (See fee
Solution: Contact your regional Environmental Protection
Includes yard waste, tree trimmings, grass clippings, stumps,
Division office for more information on landfill specially
branches, limbs, etc. Vegetative waste must be “clean: and not
designed for these items.
The Recycling Center also accepts re-use items for col ection by non-
mixed with other trash.
profit organization such as Goodwill and Salvation Army.
up to 17” diameter
above 17” in diameter
OPERATIONS AT THE CEDAR MOUNTAIN
The Douglas County Cedar Mountain Landfill accepts non-
Public landfills across Georgia are closing at an
resident waste for transfer only. (Non resident rates apply)
alarming rate and many changes are in store for this Landfill in
Proof of residency is required for all customers.
the future as the Environmental Protection Division maintains a
tighter grip on solid waste facilities.
The Cedar Mountain Landfill is open 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday
The Cedar Mountain Landfill is unique in the fact that
through Saturday. All loads requiring weighing in and out must be
not one single tax dollar is spent at its facilities. All past, present
weighed in by 4:30pm.
and future costs of the Landfill are supplemented by the fees paid
by each customer at the scale house and from the sale of
The landfill is located at 1730 County Services Rd. Douglasville,
Ga. 30134. Phone 770-920-3133 770-920-4937
The $39.00 per ton commercial tipping fee is a very
reasonable fee for garbage disposal. Studies by the Atlanta
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division permits the
Regional Commission show that Douglas County tipping fees are
Cedar Mountain Landfill.
about the average for disposal facilities in the Atlanta area.
Household Garbage (under 500 lbs) $7.00 load
Household Garbage w/ recycling
WHERE DOES OUR TIPPING FEE GO?
The Cedar Mountain Landfill services thousands of
citizens and commercial accounts each month, with almost all of
Vegetative Waste (no other waste)
the money generated going to the Landfill Enterprise Fund (a
Tires up to 17” diameter
small portion is returned to the Douglas County’s General Fund).
Tires above 18” diameter
The Landfill Enterprise Fund is responsible for all
expenses incurred at the Cedar Mountain facility such as future
landfill space development, construction, all operating expenses
(salaries, insurance, equipment purchases and maintenance, office
The following items are not accepted for disposal at the Cedar
supplies, etc.), landfill closure expenses and 30 years of post-
Mountain Landfill: liquid wastes, biomedical waste, radioactive
waste, hazardous waste, PCB waste.
The percentage breakdown for every $1.00 collected at
the Cedar Mountain Landfill in Douglas is as follows:
The following items are not accepted for disposal, but may be
recycled at the landfill (there may be a charge for some items):
Development Costs 3%
Lead acid batteries, tires, freon-loaded items and vegetative waste.
Cedar Mountain Landfill
Vegetative waste has been banned from landfills across
Landfill Enterprise Fund
All yard waste must be separated from other waste. Loads not
1730 County Services Rd.
separated may be rejected from dumping. Clean yard waste will be
charged at $1.65 / 100 lbs. If there are other items in the vehicle,
Closure costs are incurred once the landfill is
Douglasville, Ga. 30134
which will be disposed, such as household garbage, the entire load
completely filled. Closure includes capping the landfill with two
will be charged at $1.95 / 100 lbs.
feet of clay and six inches of topsoil before covering with grass.
Post closure costs include maintaining and monitoring
Items, which can be recycled at the landfill at no cost, include:
the landfill for a period of 30 years. The groundwater monitoring
scrap metal, motor oil, auto batteries, aluminum cans, glass,
wells are used as an early- warning system to detect the possible,
Electronics, Vegetable Oil, Propane Tanks and mixed paper
but unlikely groundwater contamination.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday
8:00 am. – 5:00 pm.*
LOADING YOUR VEHICLE
Scales close at 4:30pm.
All vegetative waste received at the landfill is chipped or
composted. The resulting wood chips, mulch and compost are
Proper loading of the vehicle is very important for easy use of the
available free of charge to residents at the landfill.
Landfill facilities. All recyclable items should be able to be
unloaded first. Next should be all household garbage, considered
Open burning is banned in Douglas County each year from May
to be kitchen, bathroom or bedroom garbage. All non-household
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1 until September 30. This includes the burning of garbage and all
garbage, both residential and commercial should be loaded last.
vegetative waste (grass, leaves, clippings and other yard residuals).
Yard waste should be separated from the rest of the load and
taken to the proper area.
All loads must be covered and secured. Uncovered loads, littering,
illegal dumping, and scavenging are strictly prohibited in Douglas
County. Violators will be prosecuted.