Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority

Drawing showing final grade of proposed expansion

Creswell Landfill Re-Use

Lancaster County, PA

Waste Disposal Alternatives Study and Landfill Re-Use Design

Client: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA)

To meet the future solid waste disposal needs of Lancaster County, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) retained ARM to evaluate possible waste disposal alternatives.

LCSWMA’s active landfill, Frey Farm Landfill, is projected to reach its maximum capacity in approximately 2020. After conducting extensive site studies, ARM concluded that re-development of the inactive Creswell Landfill was the most favorable alternate for future waste disposal operations. Creswell Landfill was used for waste disposal between 1968 and 1989.

ARM’s preliminary landfill re-use design provides an approximate disposal capacity of 30, 000, 000 cubic yards. Based on current and historic landfilling rates, the re-use plan is expected to provide disposal capacity for approximately 50 years (2020-2070).

As part of the design, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls will be utilized at strategic locations to create a geometrically efficient landfill. Use of the MSE walls, in lieu of a traditional embankment, will save approximately 845, 000 cubic yards of soil material, approximately 16 acres of additional clearing, and corresponding landuse. In addition, approximately 60 acres of the closed Creswell Landfill will be “piggy backed” to provide the most efficient use of the property.

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