Solid Waste Landfills
Landfills in New York State
Landfills are facilities where waste is intentionally placed and intended to remain. Landfills are designed, constructed, operated, monitored and closed to minimize adverse environmental impacts. To locate an authorized landfill in your area, refer to the DECInfo Locator Map or the Interactive Map of Solid Waste Landfills (leaving DEC's website). Active and inactive landfills in New York State and regulated by 6 NYCRR 363. Regulation of landfilling depends on the type of waste received for disposal, the location of the landfill, and the status of the landfill operations. State assistance grants are available for eligible municipal landfill closure projects.
Landfills that do not meet the criteria for an exempt facility in 6 NYCRR 363-2 or that don't hold a valid registration issued prior to November 4, 2017 for a land clearing debris landfill must obtain a permit.
To become a new permitted landfill or to modify or renew an existing permit, complete the Solid Waste Management Facility Permit Application and contact the Regional Permit Administrator in your region. See the Waste Management, Composting, and Recycling Permits webpage for additional details on applying for a permit and 6 NYCRR 360.16 and 6 NYCRR 363 for permit application requirements.
Active landfills are required to submit an annual report to the Department. These annual reports include the total quantity in tons of solid waste disposed of at the facility for that year broken down by waste type, the remaining site life and capacity of the existing constructed landfill and other entitled areas not yet built, an estimate of the actual in situ waste density, a compilation of all water and leachate quality data collected throughout the year, the amount of leachate collected and transported off-site, the tipping fee charged by waste type in dollars per ton, and annual adjustments to closure and post-closure care cost estimates and financial assurance documents.. For details about reporting requirements, see 6 NYCRR 360.19(k) and 6 NYCRR 363.
Blank annual report forms for the current reporting year and completed annual reports for previous operating years can be found on our Solid Waste Facilities Forms page.
DEC inspects landfills to ensure that the facilities are in compliance with relevant provisions of 6 NYCRR 363. For details about routine inspection logs, see 6 NYCRR 360.19. Copies of the blank Inspection Report forms for each landfill type can be found on the Solid Waste Facilities Forms page.