Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where does the waste managed at Arrowhead Landfill come from?
Arrowhead serves Governments and Municipalities (including waste from households, schools, churches and small businesses) and a broad range of industries, including: Utilities and Energy, Mineral Exploration and Production, Steel Production, Refineries, Foundries, Engineering, Environmental Contractors, Transportation, Pharmaceutical, Recycling and Reuse, Automotive, and Industrial Maintenance.
Arrowhead serves 33 states including all states east of the Mississippi River, all states along the western edge of the Mississippi River, Oklahoma and Texas.
2. What kinds of materials are disposed of in the Arrowhead Landfill?
Arrowhead is permitted to accept Municipal Solid Waste, Construction and Demolition Debris and certain industrial and special waste streams approved by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
Click here for a comprehensive list of acceptable industrial and special wastes.
3. What is the size and capacity of the Arrowhead Landfill?
The landfill has 75 million cubic yards of permitted airspace, with 68 million remaining. The entire facility, including buffer zones and ancillary uses, covers 1,345 acres, with a 425-acre Subtitle D landfill footprint (waste disposal area).
4. What safety procedures have been put in place at the facility?
Arrowhead’s leadership has set the standard for environmental stewardship and we adhere to strict safety and environmental standards. Everyone working at or utilizing our facility MUST follow our safety policy and procedures.
5. How has Green Group Holdings improved the facility since acquiring it? Have you addressed concerns voiced by local residents when it was under previous ownership?
Since acquiring the Arrowhead Landfill in December of 2011, Green Group Holdings has made significant facility improvements. This includes improvements that exceed state-mandated requirements to ensure the facility operates safely and efficiently, such as the installation of additional solar-powered flares that exceed the State of Alabama minimum requirement, to more quickly and efficiently burn off gases generated by disposed waste.
Green Group Holdings brought first-class management to Arrowhead and made improvements to the facility that addressed concerns raised by residents. For example, Green Group Holdings relocated the Arrowhead entrance from County Road 1 (a two-lane residential road) to Tayloe Road via U.S. Highway 80 (a four-lane highway). The relocation required significant improvements to nearly three miles of roads across the property, removed large trucks from the smaller county road, and alleviated safety concerns expressed by local officials and residents.
After our acquisition of Arrowhead Landfill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 recognized Green Group Holdings for “Promoting environmental justice through effective education, collaboration, and mobilization.”
6. How do you protect local groundwater from containment?
The Arrowhead Landfill features multiple layers of groundwater protection, including a compacted clay liner, a 60-mil high density polyethylene (HDPE) liner, and an extensive leachate collection system to remove rainwater and liquid from the waste 24-hours a day. The site has a groundwater monitoring system that includes 13 wells and a methane gas detection system.
Also, Arrowhead is located over one of the most impermeable naturally occurring clay formations in North America. EPA and ADEM regulations require that Subtitle D contain waste and provide a barrier between the waste and groundwater through the design and installation of a sophisticated liner and leachate collection system. At our site, hundreds of feet of Selma Chalk provide an added bonus layer of protection between the lined Subtitle D landfill facility and groundwater, making Arrowhead one of the most environmentally secure disposal facilities in the nation.
7. How are you addressing heavy truck traffic?
After acquiring the facility, Green Group Holdings relocated the Arrowhead entrance from County Road 1 (a two-lane residential road) to Tayloe Road via U.S. 80 (a four-lane highway). The relocation required significant improvements to nearly three miles of roads across the property, removed large trucks from the smaller county road, and alleviated safety concerns expressed by local officials and residents.
8. I understand Arrowhead accepted several million tons of Coal Combustion Residue (CCR), or coal ash, from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) following the Kingston Fossil Plant spill in 2008. How do you mitigate the risk of disposing of coal ash and other special wastes?
Arrowhead has unparalleled capacity to handle CCR or coal ash. With its access to rail service and a barge port on the Tombigbee Waterway, along with its location above the Selma Chalk Formation, Arrowhead provides an efficient and environmentally responsible disposal solution for CCR and other special waste streams.
In addition, specific landfill cells, or monofills, can be dedicated to ensure coal ash remains separated by a waste generator
Arrowhead received four million tons of coal ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) following the Kingston Fossil Plant spill, the largest CCR spill in U.S. history. This remediation and disposal project was a full time operation that lasted more than 18 months.
9. How does the Arrowhead Landfill benefit Perry County, economically and otherwise?
Arrowhead benefits the community through increased property and sales tax revenues, community education events, and support for local schools.
In addition, Arrowhead Landfill has a host agreement with Perry County that provides benefits to residents of Perry County:
- A per ton host fee is paid to Perry County on waste accepted at Arrowhead.
- An additional per ton host fee is set aside in an escrow account for the resurfacing, construction, and maintenance of designated county roads.
10. How involved is Arrowhead in the local community?
We are actively involved in the Perry County community and local schools. For example, Arrowhead:
- Sponsors the City of Uniontown Summerfest, events at Life Center in Uniontown, and The Union Life Thanksgiving dinner for senior residents.
- Supports local schools by providing two scholarships for local graduating seniors, sponsoring a school backpack and supplies program, and partnering with C.H.O.I.C.E., a local organization that helps families and students in need.
- Meets regularly with community members and elected officials to keep them fully apprised of issues and plans for the facility.
- Organizes regular countywide clean up days and maintains roads near Arrowhead to keep them free of debris.
Arrowhead is committed to involving the community to help people understand how we protect the environment and the economic benefits we bring to the community.