10840 Altamont Pass Road
Livermore, CA 94551
The Altamont Landfill is one of the largest landfill operations in Northern California. It
accepts for disposal all non-hazardous municipal solid wastes, non-hazardous industrial
and special wastes, de-watered wastewater treatment plant sludge (biosolids), treated auto
shredder wastes, contaminated soils, liquids for solidification, and friable asbestos wastes.
put to other beneficial uses at the facility. Recycled and/or re-used materials at the facility
comprise approximately 500,000 TPY of material.
Altamont receives approximately 500 trucks per day, contributing to both re-use and
disposal flow rates at the landfill. These include transfer trucks, large-end dump trucks,
and residential and commercial MSW collection vehicles from throughout the surrounding
communities and the Bay Area.
Altamont also collects landfill gas,
which is generated from the natural
processes of decomposition. Shredded
tires collected at the landfill for disposal
are used in the gas collection process,
which greatly increases the amount of
landfill gas captured and, at the same
time, provides a significant revenue
stream to the facility. Landfill gas collected
at the facility consists of equal parts of
methane and carbon dioxide and is
used to generate electrical power at
one of two power production facilities
located at the site.
Energy Projects at Altamont
- A portion of the landfill has been set aside for 248 windmills, which are owned and
operated by Florida Power and Light, producing approximately 20 megawatts
- Altamont Landfill is also home to two Solar Gas Turbines which generate
approximately 3.3 megawatts (MW) of electricity each.
- Landfill Gas collected on site is also used to fuel two Duetz internal combustion (I/C)
engines, which produce about one MW each.
- The total power produced on site is enough electricity to power more than 8,500
homes in the Bay Area.
Diverting material from landfill resources has become one of the most
important issues in Northern California. Communities look at the landfills
as community resources whose lifespan should be extended for as long as
The Altamont Landfill, along with transfer stations throughout the Bay Area,
actively divert construction and demolition materials to operations like Davis
Street Transfer Station Material Recovery Facility for recycling. Green waste is
turned into compost at facilities in the Central Valley and delivered back to
Davis Street for public consumption.
The Altamont landfill is positioned to continue its important role in the community and
the Bay Area for many years to come. Changes in environmental legislation work both
to protect the landfill as an asset to the communities it serves and to pave the way for
different use opportunities to be explored. AB939, which mandates a 50% diversion
rate in California, and Alameda County Measure D, which mandates a 75% diversion
rate by 2010, creates opportunities for the landfill to develop and implement recycling,
green waste and other programs that will help meet these new standards. Additionally,
landfill power production fueled by methane gas from the landfill’s natural decomposition
processes provides power generation opportunities into the foreseeable future.
Californians expect innovations in power production and alternative fuels. Altamont’s
programs are in line with those goals.
Altamont Landfill Facts
Top 10 Customers by Revenue:
- Davis Street Transfer Station –
a Waste Management Company
- City of San Francisco, hauled
- LDD (Livermore/Dublin Disposal –
a Waste Management Company
Proposed site for composting
and green waste operation.
- City of Dublin, hauled by AVI
- Denbeste Transportation
- World Environmental
- Advanced Environmental
- Shamrock Recycling
- SIMS Metal
- Schnitzer Steel
- Local 6 Landfill (53 employees)
- Local 1546 (8 employees)
- Local 6 clerical (1 employee)
Temporary / Roll Off |
Transfer Stations |
Recycling Centers |