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How do you locate landfill locations?

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency publishes a list of all active municipal landfill sites in the country, which is available from its website. The EPA website also has a list of all construction and demolition waste landfills and industrial waste landfills in the country, while many states' Department of Environmental Protection also publish this information on their websites.

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As of 2015, there are more than 3,000 active landfills in the United States, as well as more than 10,000 old municipal landfill sites that are no longer in use.

Newton County Landfill in Indiana and Apex Regional Waste Management Center in Nevada were ranked as the two largest landfills in the United States, according to a 2010 report by CNBC. These two landfills, which are both operated by Republic Services, take in a combined total of nearly 20 tons of trash per day. Some of the other largest landfills in the country include California's Sunshine Canyon Landfill, also operated by Republic Services, takes in an estimated 8,400 tons of trash per day, and Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington State, which takes in approximately 8,300 tons of trash per day. Other major U.S. landfills include the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site in Colorado, Columbia Ridge Landfill in Oregon, Pine Tree Acres in Michigan and Virginia's Atlantic Waste Disposal.

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