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“The Roosevelt Regional Landfill serves not only as an environmental boon to the region but also as an economic development engine for its host county, providing more than150 jobs to local residents and significant “host fee” revenues.”

David Sauter
Board of County
Klickitat County, WA

Washington: Roosevelt Regional Landfill
Roosevelt Landfill photos

The Roosevelt Landfill, located in south central Washington State, is one of the largest solid waste landfills in the United States. Opened in 1991, the 2,545 acre facility is certified to accept 220 million tons of waste over its 40-year lifespan.

One of the pioneering “regional” landfills, Roosevelt is currently the hub of the largest waste-by-rail system in the United States, accepting 95% of its waste by longhaul rail from dozens of transfer stations and intermodals situated throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Roosevelt has received waste from municipalities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Alaska.

Sanitas CEO Jim Hodge was responsible for siting, permitting and developing Roosevelt Landfill in partnership with Klickitat County – in 1989. The facility was designed and built to exceed all U.S. EPA Subtitle D standards for solid waste landfills. In fact, Roosevelt was designed and built as a “bioreactor’; methane produced as a result of waste decomposition is captured and used to create electricity at an on-site power plant. Currently the landfill’s gas produces approximately 12 megawatts of electricity – enough to power over 10,000 homes.

Now owned by Allied Waste North America, Roosevelt accepts more than 2.5 million tons of waste per year, including municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, wood wastes, petroleum contaminated soils and municipal incinerator ash.