About the Landfill

Landfill History

farmsteadThe Chaffee facility site was a farmstead, prior to its use as a disposal area. It was converted to a landfill under the ownership and direction of Mr. Hugh Smith in 1958. Chaffee Landfill, Inc., Richard Penfold, President, acquired the 36-acre landfill and associated properties in October 1977.

USA Waste, which later merged with Waste Management Inc., purchased all the properties held by C.I.D. Landfill, Inc. north and south of Hand Road in 1998


The existing landfill and associated support buildings, roads, borrow areas, and ponds occupy approximately 240 of 500 acres. The site has seven major structures including:

  • A scale house used to weigh and record incoming waste tonnage
    A maintenance facility for maintaining landfill operating equipment, which also includes an equipment truck wash area  
  • A recycling facility, used to recover plastic containers and cardboard dropped at the facility by residential and commercial customers  
  • A grounds maintenance building that is used to house and maintain mowing and ground keeping equipment 
  • The main office
  • Power plant
  • Leachate loadout building