We will continue to support critical public services both remotely and in the field. Engineering offices are closed to the public.
With the goal of protecting both public health and the environment, the City of Madison supervises the monitoring, operation, and maintenance of five closed landfills. Underground landfill gas extraction and leachate collection systems operate at these sites 24 hours per day. Landfill gas probes around each landfill are monitored at least weekly by City Engineering. A network of groundwater wells is sampled twice per year by Public Health – Madison & Dane County. All activities are supervised by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and data are submitted to the WDNR regularly for agency review.
|Landfill Site||Location||Current Use|
|Mineral Point Landfill||128 Yellowstone Drive||Mineral Point public park|
|Greentree Landfill||6600-6700 Hammersley Rd||Greentree – Chapel Hills public park|
|Olin Landfill||123 E. Olin Avenue||Quann public park and off-leash dog park|
|Demetral Landfill||200-500 Packers Avenue||Demetral public park, off-leash dog park, and East High School fields|
|Sycamore Landfill||4601 Sycamore Road||Sycamore public park and off-leash dog park|
|Truax Landfill (managed by Dane County)||1500-2200 Pankratz Street||Bridges golf course|
Annual Operations and Monitoring Reports
Landfill gas, leachate, and groundwater monitoring data are collected on a regular basis, per each landfill’s WDNR-approved Plan of Operation. An analysis of these data are submitted annually to the WDNR in an annual report. The annual reports also summarize the history of each landfill, including the years of operation and its remediation history. For a copy of a particular landfill’s annual report, please contact Brynn Bemis at (608) 267-1986.
Landfill Zones of Concern
The City requires certain approved construction practices and safety precautions for buildings and homes adjacent to existing landfills. These requirements and maps of the zones are outlined in subsection 29.23(11) of the Madison General Ordinance. If your property falls within a recognized ‘landfill zone of concern’ you will be notified of these additional requirements when applying for a building permit. For questions on this subject, please contact Brynn Bemis at (608) 267-1986.
|Landfill annual report requests
Building in a ‘landfill zone of concern’
|Andy Solberg||608-267-9408||On-site monitoring
Operations and maintenance activities
|Parks Division||608-266-4711||Dog park maintenance concerns|
Open Landfills in Dane County
If you are looking for open landfills that accept waste, there are two in Dane County:
|Dane County Landfill||7102 US Hwy 12
|M-F: 7 AM–2:45 PM
Sat: 8 AM–10:45 AM
|WM Madison Prairie Landfill
(municipal solid waste not accepted)
6002 Nelson Rd
M-F: 8 AM – 3 PM