Frequently Asked Questions

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Where does the trash come from that ends up at the Williamson County Landfill?

The vast majority of the waste received at the Williamson County Landfill is generated from Williamson County.

Can a resident bring debris to the landfill or is it only available for customers with business contracts with the landfill?

Individuals can bring debris to the Williamson County Landfill during business hours. The landfill is open for public disposal from Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. The landfill is closed on Sundays.

What is not permitted for disposal at the landfill?

The landfill does not accept batteries, liquids, household chemicals, paint, motor oil, used oil filters, florescent light bulbs, or other hazardous materials.

Used motor oil and paint may be disposed at the Recycle Center.

Please refer to the Recycle Center section for more information.

Appliances can be disposed of at the Recycling Center.

Any appliance containing refrigerant will be charged a fee for refrigerant removal.

Appliances previously evacuated of refrigerant must be accompanied by documentation that material was evacuated and disposed of by a person or business legally certified to conduct evacuation and disposal of refrigerant.

There is no fee to dispose of appliances, which are certified as refrigerant free or those that do not generally contain refrigerant, at the Recycling Center.

Go to Contact Us page for fee information.

Is there a fee to dispose of debris at the landfill? Does the landfill accept credit cards?

Yes. Disposal fees depend on the size of the load. Go to Contact Us page for fee information.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Is there anything I should know when bringing debris to the landfill?

Yes, the Texas Transportation Code, as well as Waste Management, requires vehicles be properly equipped to prevent loose material from escaping by blowing or spilling. Please make sure your truck or trailer is securely tarped to prevent "accidental" litter. Also, make sure there are no holes or cracks in your truck or trailer bed.

As part of Waste Management’s commitment to safety, all customers (and anyone assisting customers) are required to wear a safety vest when disposing of waste at the Williamson County Landfill.

To comply with this new safety policy, customers can:

  • Bring your own safety vest and inform the gatehouse attendant.
  • Purchase a safety vest at the Waste Management gatehouse for $5 (plus tax)
What safeguards are in place at the Williamson County Landfill to protect the groundwater?

Protecting groundwater is a very important part of our business. It is included in all phases of development, from the initial planning, through the permitting process, during operations and even after closure.

To protect groundwater at the landfill, we use a composite liner system that consists of several layers of synthetic materials and natural soils. We maintain a series of groundwater monitoring wells around the perimeter of the landfill. Each well is monitored semi-annually to make sure the groundwater remains unaffected. The samples are tested by a certified independent laboratory and reviewed by qualified personnel. The laboratory results are submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Who inspects and monitors the Williamson County Landfill?

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the primary regulatory agency. TCEQ reviews and issues operating permits for waste disposal and oversees all of the daily operations.

Periodically, TCEQ inspectors arrive unannounced at the Williamson County Landfill. Upon the inspector's arrival, the landfill is required to provide any environmental information requested. The TCEQ inspector reviews and inspects landfill operations, including the waste disposal area, weigh station, leachate system, and record-keeping.

In addition, Waste Management conducts self-inspections. Our company-wide Environmental Compliance program mandates routine inspection of each function of the landfill operations. Where applicable, independent monitoring and laboratory testing is performed by approved third-party companies and is submitted to the TCEQ.

Waste Management also has a full-time compliance manager who oversees the environmental protection systems at the landfill and fulfills state record-keeping and reporting requirements. At the landfill itself, there is a management team, licensed by TCEQ, with responsibility for daily operations.

How does the Williamson County Landfill help the community?

We help by collecting and disposing of the waste generated in the community in a safe and proper manner. Remember, on average, a Texas resident generates more than 7.3 pounds of trash every day. According to data compiled by the TCEQ, a Texas resident generates more than 7.3 pounds of trash every day. Given Williamson County’s population, residents and businesses generate on average more than 1,400 tons of trash daily.

We hire locally - Williamson County employees work, live and raise their families in this area. When we invest in local employees, they reinvest in the local economy as homeowners, shoppers and taxpayers. We also contribute directly to the local tax base through corporate, real estate and payroll taxes.

Throughout the year, we provide financial and in-kind support to various community groups and causes. In 2009, Waste Management awarded $18,000 to local non-profits.  Read more about our Community Involvement.