FAQ

Where is the Broadhurst Landfill located?

Broadhurst Landfill, 4800 Broadhurst Road West, Screven, GA 31560

What is the phone number for the Broadhurst Landfill?

Phone: (912) 530-7050.

Can I take a tour of the landfill?

Tours are provided subject to prior request and scheduling.

When is the landfill open for business?

7:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

How big is the landfill?

The permitted Broadhurst Landfill Facility boundary is approximately 1,090-acres with an approved waste footprint of approximately 260-acres.

Why do we need a landfill?

Landfills are as important as municipal water districts, electric providers, natural gas providers, and waste water treatment plants. Turning on the faucet, switching on a light, lighting a burner on the stove, flushing a toilet, and throwing away your garbage are all daily necessities that depend on this infrastructure to properly and safely dispose of non-recyclable materials.

How much is disposed of at this landfill?

The facility disposes of approximately 1,800 tons of garbage in one day.

Where does waste originate?

Waste comes from all over southeast Georgia, but primarily from Wayne County, Glynn County, Brantley County, Ware County, Pierce County, Coffee County, Bacon County, Jeff Davis County, Appling County, Tattnall County, Long County, Effingham County, and Liberty County. The Landfill does accept some waste from out-of-state locations.

What types of wastes are accepted at this landfill?

The facility accepts Municipal Solid Waste, Commercial Waste and Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste, We cannot accept electronic waste, tires, batteries, or hazardous wastes.

What environmental protection systems are in place at this landfill?

The facility utilizes a composite liner system that is composed of an engineered soil liner overlain with a 60-mil High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic barrier liner. Together with the leachate collection system, the liner system helps to ensure the protection of the surrounding groundwater.

Who permits and inspects this landfill facility?

Broadhurst is permitted and inspected by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD).

How do you manage birds at this landfill?

Birds are controlled primarily by utilizing daily or alternate daily cover to make the facility less desirable to them. However, when they are persistent, we utilize humane “screamers” in an effort to make the landfill less desirable congregation area.

What steps are taken to ensure the landfill is a good neighbor?

The best way for a landfill to be a good neighbor is to reduce its “visible” footprint. Wayne County leaders planned for this in the early-1990’s by siting the landfill in a remote part of the county that is surrounded by thousands of acres of plantation pines. This main attribute makes Broadhurst a valuable neighbor that you don’t ever see.

How do you control odors?

The Landfill utilizes a comprehensive landfill gas collection and control system that extracts methane and other gases from deep within the waste mass. These gases are generated by decomposing waste. While currently directed to the landfill flare system for safe destruction, there may be a potential renewable energy source from collected methane in the future.

What is the life expectancy of the landfill?

The current site life is 90-100-years based on current waste volumes.

What happens once the Broadhurst Landfill stops being used as a landfill?

Once the landfill is filled to capacity, a final landfill capping system will be installed that consists of an engineered soil liner, 40-mil. HDPE liner, cover soils, and a vegetation layer. The site will also be maintained for an additional 30-years in post closure care after the final closure which includes continued groundwater monitoring, leachate management, and compliance reporting until which time the Georgia Environmental Protection Division approves the site for final closure.

Following closure the site could be considered for many uses, including solar energy field, open green space, parks, wildlife viewing area and for nature trails.

How long does it take for something to breakdown in a landfill?

Organic waste can decompose in a matter of years, but plastics can take as long as 700 years to decompose.

Does the Landfill accept Coal Ash?

No. Broadhurst does not currently accept Coal Ash. In addition, the Landfill team has no immediate plans to accept Coal Ash.

Has the Landfill ever accepted Coal Ash?

Yes. Coal Ash is an acceptable non-hazardous solid waste under federal and state solid waste regulations, and the Landfill’s permit. Broadhurst stopped accepting Coal Ash in 2014. The Landfill removed the basins and soils in the former processing area, with Georgia Environmental Protection Division concurrence, in 2015.

Does the Landfill accept wastes from out-of-state?

Yes. The Landfill accepts a small percentage of municipal solid waste from locations outside of Wayne County, and the State of Georgia.

What benefits does Wayne County receive from the Landfill?

The Landfill currently employs 15 skilled technicians, the majority of whom reside in Wayne County. The site’s leadership team has more than 120 years of combined landfill and environmental management experience, ensuring responsible operations at a Landfill that stands ready to enable growth and prosperity in Wayne County for years to come.

In addition, the Landfill returns funds to Wayne County for waste accepted at the site. Last year, Broadhurst returned nearly $1 million which has enabled the County to pass savings along to residents for waste collection and landfill use.

The Landfill’s agreement with the County also allows for free residential and reduced priced commercial disposal for residents and businesses in Wayne County. This represents an additional annual benefit of roughly $1.5 million to $2 million for Wayne County.

How can the Landfill be protective of groundwater?

Broadhurst has a detailed groundwater monitoring program in compliance with Georgia Environmental Protection Division protocols and all data are shared with state regulators. This monitoring network provides for early detection of landfill influences on onsite groundwater so they can be proactively addressed before any potential impact to offsite groundwater that could be used by the public. Our monitoring system allows us to confirm groundwater meets state standards within our property, ensuring it is protective of any off site user.

At Broadhurst, 21 groundwater monitoring wells are sampled twice a year for a broad range of constituents. Two zones at different depths (deep and shallow) are monitored.