Organization of Landfill
Most residents using the Habersham County Sanitary Landfill are directed to either Cell 3 or Cell 6. Although it is easy to comply with these instructions, some may have wondered: What is a cell? How many cells does the landfill have? And why is some rubbish put in Cell 3 and the rest in Cell 6?
A "cell" is simply a section in the landfill where garbage is placed for permanent disposal. The plan for the current landfill allows for up to seven cells.
Cells 1-5 are lined cells designated for all acceptable household waste which is defined by the EPA as solid waste, composed of garbage and rubbish, which normally originates in a private home or apartment house. Domestic waste may contain a significant amount of toxic or hazardous waste. Construction debris must be discarded in unlined cell No. 6. All six cells are below and out of sight of the entrance area where the scale house and recycling trailers are located. Cell 7 is designed and awaiting construction approval.
At the start of the SR13 landfill's operation in October 1993, the only cell available for garbage disposal was No. 1. In 1994, Cell 6 began accepting construction waste; even though it is the smallest, it was estimated to be large enough to last for the life of the landfill. In contrast, Cell 1 filled up by early 1995, and Cell 2 filled up in August 2002. Both are awaiting capping. Cell 3 is expected to last about five years.
The staff of the landfill welcomes visitors for tours during regular working hours.