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New York State Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials Bureau of Solid Waste & Land Management Fresh Kills Landfill Facility Files

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of eight volumes of leachate control/construction certification reports pertaining to the Fresh Kills landfill. Leachate is the liquid by-product of the breakdown of household waste. The goal of the leachate management system is to contain, collect, and treat leachate before it reenters the environment.
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1 cubic foot (8 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1999
Series Number:
B2699

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Administrative History

Fresh Kills, the nation's largest municipal landfill, was created by New York City in 1948. It consisted of freshwater tidal wetlands and encompassed 2,200 acres. In 1996, a state law was passed requiring that the landfill cease accepting solid waste by December 31, 2001. By 1997, two of the four mounds were closed and covered with a thick, impermeable cap. The landfill received its last barge of garbage on March 22, 2001. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Fresh Kills landfill was utilized as the staging area for sorting and analyzing debris and human remains recovered from the World Trade Center site.

Solid Waste breaks down over time. The main byproducts of this decomposition are landfill gas and leachate. As of 2019, Fresh Kills was undergoing landfill engineering treatment with sophisticated systems in place to collect and treat these byproducts in order to protect both public health and the environment.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of eight volumes of leachate control/construction certification reports pertaining to the Fresh Kills landfill. Leachate is the liquid by-product of the breakdown of household waste. The goal of the leachate management system is to contain, collect, and treat leachate before it reenters the environment.

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This series was transferred under RDA 21142 and includes records from transfer list 040480.

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