How One N.Y. Landfill Conducts Open House Events to Educate Residents

By Megan Greenwalt, Waste 360.

For the past 14 years, officials at a landfill in New York have opened the site to the public annually as a way to build relationships and remain transparent, in addition to having a little fun.

The Mill Seat Landfill in Riga, N.Y., operated by Houston-based Waste Management, will host the year’s open house on July 28 as an educational event. It's aimed at giving residents insights into how the landfill operates, including on its renewable energy production.

An information fair with more than 20 displays will also give attendees the opportunity to talk with all of the entities that work in conjunction with the landfill, including engineers, contractors, consultants and regulators.