The Lee/Hendry Regional Disposal Facility
(aka the Lee/Hendry Landfill)
The Lee/Hendry Landfill, located in adjoining Hendry County, accepts inert ash residue generated at the Waste-To-Energy facility as well as bypass refuse from the solid waste transfer station and residuals from the construction and demolition debris recycling facility.
The facility consists of a 30 acre Class I (MSW) disposal area, a 16 acre Ash Monofill and a 25 acre Class III (construction and demolition debris) area. Each area has not been developed to its full extent. The total acreage available for development for each area is 90 acres Class I, 35 acres Ash Monofill, and 128 acres for Class III material.
The Class I and Ash Monofill landfills are double composite high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lined areas with leachate detection as well as leachate collection zones.
Although not required under current regulations, the Class III area is lined with a single composite liner.
To support the disposal areas, three sets of leachate ponds collect and store leachate from the individual areas. Total storage capacity is approx. nine million gallons.
The Class I and Ash Monofill disposal areas incorporate environmental safeguards in their design. These include detection layers between the liners which are monitored continuously and monitoring wells around the site which are sampled semi-annually to test gound water quality. The Class III landfill is also part of the ground water monitoring network. A liquid waste material called leachate is generated within the landfill. Leachate is caused by the decomposition of the refuse and the percolation of rainwater through the waste material. Landfill practices minimize leachate production through effective daily and inermediate cover methodologies.
Designed to minimize environmental impact, great attention was given to landscaping, gas, and water pollution control at the landfill. Operational procedures reqjuire covering refuse, which reduces the possibility of fire, odor, and gas mitigation. No burning is allowed on site. Although there are no odor or gas issues and the facility operates below the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) threshold for gas collection and control system, Lee County has developed initial plans for landfill gas management in the event the landfill gas must be addressed in the future.
With the closure of the Gulf Coast Landfill, owned and operated by Waste Management of Florida Inc., in Fort Myers, Lee County has limited disposal area in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, which is not uncommon for the Florida penninsula. Part of the design capacity considerations in constructing the Class III disposal area was to ensure the availability of disposal space in the event of a need for quick community debris management.