- a low area of land that is built up from deposits of solid refuse in layers covered by soil.
- the solid refuse itself.
- to create more usable land by this means.
- to make (an area of land) by means of a landfill.
- to use in a landfill: to landfill millions of tons of garbage each year.
Origin of landfill
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Examples from the Web for landfill
That year, landfill gas accounted for 9,800 gigawatts of electricity generation, up more than 90 percent from 2003.
Covering 13 acres of a landfill no longer in use in West Nyack, it has a generating capacity of 2.36 megawatts.
For those in the resource world, every ton of junk that goes into a landfill represents wasted energy.
At the end of October, the first landfill solar field in New York State was completed.
Every piece of garbage that is diverted from a landfill is a penny saved.Will Food Waste Power Your Home?
The Daily Beast
June 16, 2014
- disposal of waste material by burying it under layers of earth
- (as modifier)landfill sites
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Word Origin and History for landfill
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A disposal site where solid waste, such as paper, glass, and metal, is buried between layers of dirt and other materials in such a way as to reduce contamination of the surrounding land. Modern landfills are often lined with layers of absorbent material and sheets of plastic to keep pollutants from leaking into the soil and water. Also called sanitary landfill
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