Facility Information

Electronics Recycling

As of November 2009, the Austin Community Landfill no longer accepts obsolete electronics at the landfill.  Instead, residents are asked to bring their electronics, computers, cell phones, printers and other e-waste to the Hutto Recycling Center at the Williamson County Landfill.  Click here for more information and directions.

Landfill Rules and Fees

The Austin Community Landfill does not accept batteries, liquids, household chemicals, paint, motor oil, used oil filters, computers, florescent light bulbs, or other hazardous materials.

Tires can be dropped off for $30 each. Tires are recycled.

Appliances, such as freezers, refigerators, and A/C units, cannot be disposed of in the landfill. Customers can take appliances to CMC Metal, located at 1704 Howard Lane, 512-442-2384

Disposal fees depend on the size of the load. Below are the landfill disposal fees (the rates below do not include additional fuel surcharges and a state-required Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fee which varies, based on the size of the load).

  • Disposal fees are $44/ton, with a 1-1/2 ton minimum.

    • Pull off fee (optional, not refundable): $25
    • Tarp fees: $25 (scalehouse attendants reserve the right to charge a fee if the truck/trailer load is not properly tarped)

    Cash, checks and Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

     As part of Waste Management’s commitment to safety, all customers (and anyone assisting customers) are required to wear a safety vest when disposing waste at the Austin Community Landfill.  Customers can bring their own safety vest or they can purchase one from Waste Management for $5 (plus tax).

 

The Texas Transportation Code, as well as Waste Management, requires vehicles be properly equipped to prevent loose material from escaping by blowing or spilling. Please make sure your truck or trailer is securely tarped to prevent "accidental" litter. Also, make sure there are no holes or cracks in your truck or trailer bed.

Site History

Waste Management bought the Austin Community Landfill in the early 1980s. Prior to Waste Management purchasing the landfill, it was owned by John J. Arsenault and the company was called Industrial Waste Materials Management, Inc.*

The Austin Community Landfill is a municipal solid waste landfill located in Northeast Travis County, Texas, at Highway 290 East and Giles Road. When purchased by Waste Management, the area was predominantly rural, but over the years, neighborhoods and businesses have located nearby. The landfill is immediately adjacent to the closed Travis County Landfill on Highway 290, the Browning-Ferris Industries Sunset Farms Landfill on Giles Road, and property owned by Waste Management.

Waste Management owns more than 420 acres, of which approximately 290 acres are currently permitted for the landfill operations. The facility has a waste footprint of 184 acres, as well as 165 acres for buffers, setbacks and facilities. It operates under TCEQ Permit No. MSW 249C.

The Austin Community Landfill accepts approximately 2,000 tons of trash daily, the majority of which is generated in Travis County.

Since 2002, more than $3 million has been spent on the following environmental controls and aesthetic improvements:

  • Composite liners in all active disposal areas
  • Final capping of closed areas
  • Construction of active landfill gas recovery system, including more than 80 vertical gas wells (as of January 05)
  • Installation of 15 groundwater monitoring wells and six piezometers (as of January 05)
  • Installation of perimeter gas monitoring probes
  • Installation of storm water management controls
  • Expansion of leachate collection system
  • Purchase of new heavy equipment that meets EPA air quality standards
  • Installation of odor neutralizer system
  • Installation of onsite weather monitoring station
  • Installation of litter control fences
  • Construction of new wheel wash system
  • Construction of new computerized weigh station
  • Construction of new interior roads
  • Extensive site landscaping plan

The Austin Community Landfill is a major local industry. Each year it contributes millions of dollars to the local economy in taxes, payroll, fees, vendor purchases and in various donations. The Austin Community Landfill employs local men and women and serves local municipalities in Central Texas.