Since its establishment in 1969, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, now the NJSEA, has worked to ensure the proper control, closure and remediation of landfills throughout the Meadowlands District. In 1969, there were nearly 1,900 acres of unregulated landfills in the region. Today, there is one active, 110-acre landfill in the District, the Keegan Landfill in Kearny. In addition, environmental controls are in place to collect leachate, the liquid contaminant byproduct of landfill decomposition, and pump it to a regional sewage facility.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell signed Administrative Order No. 2002-10, which required, among other things, that the Department revise, update and readopt the Statewide Solid Waste Plan. This update to the NJSEA Plan is required pursuant to the State Solid Waste Plan.
Controls are also in place to stem the emission of landfill gases such as methane and carbon dioxide and to control stormwater discharges. Since its establishment in 1969, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, now the NJSEA, has worked to ensure the proper control, closure, and remediation of landfills throughout the Meadowlands District. Landfills that once lay exposed to the open air, leaked garbage into waterways and sent plumes of smoke across the New Jersey Turnpike have been remediated, and environmental controls are today in place to collect liquid leachate, methane and carbon dioxide gas emissions.
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Remediation has included efforts to control the migration of leachate from the site by constructing perimeter cutoff walls and leachate collection systems.
More than 11,000 tons per day of household solid waste and construction and demolition debris from the northern part of the state were brought to District landfills during the late 1970s and early 1980s, prior to the Commission phasing out many of these operations. Recognizing that many of the landfills were nearing their permitted capacity, most of the counties agreed to a phased redirection of their waste and began exporting outside the state. In 1997, the NJMC stopped accepting household waste at its remaining active landfills.
Leachate from these sites will continue to be pumped for the 30-year post-closure period as required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Leachate is a liquid product of the decomposition of landfills. If not properly collected in the Meadowlands, this contaminated liquid would eventually seep into surrounding wetlands, streams and rivers.
Customers must be registered with the NJDEP (609-292-6305) before an account can be opened. To open a new account please, contact our Escrow Operations Department at 201- 460-8161. Hauler accounts are set up as Pre-Pay accounts with a “cutoff amount” minimum, which is based on truck size and county origin of waste. As each load is disposed of at the Keegan Landfill, the monies for that load will be deducted from your pre-paid Account. Your driver will be notified by the scalehouse when you are reaching your “cutoff” so you can replenish your account. For more information about the Keegan Landfill please see information below.
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The NJMC, now the NJSEA, began remediation work at Keegan in January 2008, and the landfill began accepting waste in January 2009 following a 37-year period of inactivity. Once remediation is complete, the site will be permanently added to the Meadowlands District’s passive and active open space inventory. Please note, the Keegan Landfill is only permitted to accept ID 13, 13C, 23 and 27 type waste. Here is a list of solid and liquid waste types as defined by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
Solid Waste Vehicle Registration
Registration states that "no person shall engage in or continue to engage in the transportation of solid waste in this State without first obtaining an approved registration statement from the NJDEP." Read more about vehicle registration
Many materials are mandated recyclables by both the State and individual counties. Here are the mandates on recyclables for each county, which cannot be accepted at the Keegan Landfill.