Moab Landfill

Location: Approximately 1 mile east between Sand Flats Road and Potato Salad Road.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – gate closes to inbound at 4:45 pm

The Moab Landfill is limited to receiving only construction/demolition (C&D) material and yard waste.  Materials that meet this criteria includes bricks, concrete, asphalt, rocks, roofing shingles (non-asbestos), tree roots, sheet rock, remodeling or building repairs, pavement/house/commercial building demolition (non-asbestos), tree limbs, grass clippings, leaves, weeds, garden waste.  Tires can be accepted for recycling not burial and disposal.  The district contracts to have tires sent offsite for recycling and repurposing.

Rates are based on material type and not on source of the material.  In the past the landfill had a differential rate based on resident versus commercial.  In 2016, the landfill converted to charging by material type.  Green or yard waste that has non compostable material such as plastic bags, trellis, wood, timber, rocks or similar items will be charged a discounted rate.  The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in October 2016 approved composting at the Moab Landfill and in 2017, the first attempt at composting was made.

Beginning in 2017, the landfill is closed on Wednesday and Sunday, being open only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:45 pm.  The gates close to  inbound traffic by 4:45 pm.  On holidays and the Saturday of Jeep Safari, the landfill will be closed.

As the Moab Landfill is close to the annual Independence Day fireworks launch site, District personnel volunteer to be on standby on the site  to ensure no fires are started from any embers that may drift from the fireworks display.

A study was conducted in 2009 to determine if there was any ground water contamination coming from the old Moab Landfill often referred to as the Moab dump.  The ground water analysis did not find elevated levels of any landfill constituents which included a full list of volatile organic compounds, various heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, and other items of concern.  The ground water samples were taken from a drilled water bore south of the landfill.

The following is not an all inclusive list of materials that are unacceptable.  Customers are cautioned to ask before dumping as the district will charge for the time of labor and equipment as well as disposal costs for improperly or illegally disposed materials.

  • Liquids:  This includes any vehicle fluids, paints, solvents, sludges, chemicals, petroleum products, grease, adhesives, etc.
  • White Goods:  Appliances, for example: ovens, refrigerators, washer/dryers etc.  These must be taken to the Monument Waste Transfer Station located at 2295 South Highway 191, Moab.
  • Batteries:  Automotive batteries can be taken to the local auto parts stores.  Smaller batteries and rechargeable batteries can be accepted during the electronic waste collection days at the Recycle Center.
  • Tanks/drums:  To be accepted at the landfill, the tanks must be cut in half and triple-rinsed.
  • Furniture:  Couches, chairs, book shelves, beds, mattresses etc.
  • Asbestos containing material:  Many older mobile homes have asbestos.  The asbestos has to be removed and mobile homes certified as asbestos free before disposal.
  • Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Wastes:  None are acceptable.

All loads that are brought to the Moab Landfill are subject to waste screening and random load inspections.  Any loads found containing hazardous or unacceptable material will be investigated and potentially prosecuted to the full extent of the law for violations of state and federal laws.  Equipment operators have received certified training on waste screening and load inspections.

In 2017, the landfill received about 17,614 cubic yards of material which is approximately 8,807 tons.  Approximately 1651 tons were green waste.  In addition only 353 cubic yards of tires were received as the local tire dealers have been able to directly contract with a tire recycler.

The district waived disposal fees for the 2018 Cinema Court/Pack Creek fire cleanup resulting in the loss of 9 homes plus outbuildings and some of the trees.   Over 765 tons were received and the value of disposal fees waived exceed $18,000.   The only asbestos containing material found was taken to the Klondike Landfill and the disposal fees were donated by an anonymous source.