Safety

Safety at Middle Point Landfill

At Middle Point Landfill, keeping our community and our workers safe is the most important thing we do. Safety is the top priority throughout our operation, from the very base of our landfill’s liner to the trucks we screen as they enter our gates.

How We Protect The Community

  • Built strong: Permitted as a Class I Landfill, we accept everyday trash, special waste, commercial waste and industrial waste. We do not accept hazardous waste, liquid waste or untreated medical waste.

  • Protects groundwater: A liner system composed of 7 feet of compacted clay (5 feet of geologic buffer and 2 feet of compacted clay liner) and a geosynthetic membrane protect groundwater by acting as a barrier between waste and the environment. Liquid drainage is collected and sent to an on-site, state-of-the-art pre-treatment system before being discharged to the local waste water treatment plant for final processing.

  • Protects the air: Special measures are put into place to control dust and windblown litter. A gas collection system controls landfill gas generated by the waste and is routed to a flare system where it is safely destroyed per federal and state regulations.

  • Monitored continuously: Sophisticated safety equipment and trained personnel monitor all aspects of the landfill and ensure that only nonhazardous materials are disposed of.

  • Screened for radiation: We conduct load checks for radiation using sensitive instruments, and if radiation is detected, disposal is delayed until inspectors arrive.

  • Screened for electronic waste: Load checks take place every day to prevent and minimize e-waste disposal.

  • Exceeds standards: The landfill industry is one of the most heavily regulated businesses in the country. Middle Point Landfill meets and/or exceeds all regulatory requirements, obligations and safety standards.

  • Inspected regularly: The facility is fully permitted and inspected monthly (or more often) by the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

  • Protects surface water: Stormwater runoff is collected and contained in retention ponds. Inspections are conducted quarterly, and analysis is done annually. Ponds are also inspected monthly by TDEC during their routine inspections.

Think. Choose. Live.

Republic is dedicated to the safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve. Our ‘Think. Choose. Live.’ slogan encapsulates our everyday safety message to our employees to: Think about what you are doing, Choose the safe answer, and Live to go home to your family. For the past ten years, Republic’s safety performance has been 41 percent better than the industry average.

At Middle Point Landfill, keeping our community and our workers safe is the most important thing we do. Safety is the top priority throughout our operation, from the very base of our landfill’s liner to the trucks we screen as they enter our gates.