land·​fill | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio) \

Definition of landfill

1 : an area built up by landfill
2 : a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land

called also sanitary landfill

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Examples of landfill in a Sentence

using landfill to dispose of trash Part of the city was built on landfill.
Recent Examples on the Web However, workers have to shut down the pumps, manually unclog them and haul the garbage to a landfill when things get too bad. USA TODAY, "State fair upheaval, sewage testing, new mask rules: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2020 The Senate proposal keeps about $990 million for landfill remediation, land conservation and cleanup for local governments. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee rolls out budget plan with $2.6B in cuts," 18 June 2020 The road, after all, did lead right to a county landfill. John Archibald |, al, "Governments: Stop naming things for people," 14 June 2020 In 1967, protests broke out in Houston after a child drowned in the Holmes Road dump, a landfill in a black community. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘He woke the world up.’ Houston’s Third Ward remembers George Floyd.," 9 June 2020 Half of that goes to the landfill now, with only 43 percent being recycled due to trouble finding markets for them. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Much has changed in today’s recycling movement; tips for today’s recyclers," 1 June 2020 If that old push-button reel isn’t in a landfill somewhere, it has probably long been relegated to an attic or basement, where your own kids may come across it one day. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons to Fish with a Push-Button Reel," 1 June 2020 This comparison includes biofuels (like ethanol and biodiesel), wood-burning, and waste incineration or landfill gas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "135-year-long streak is over: US renewable sources topped coal in 2019," 29 May 2020 The 1979 suit, Bean v. Southwestern Waste Management Corp., challenged plans to establish a municipal landfill in the plaintiffs' neighborhood. NBC News, "Why 'I can't breathe' is resonating with environmental justice activists," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of landfill

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landfill was in 1903

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24 Jun 2020

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“Landfill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of landfill

: a system in which waste materials are buried under the ground
: an area where waste is buried under the ground


land·​fill | \ ˈland-ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio) \

Kids Definition of landfill

1 : a system of garbage and trash disposal in which waste is buried between layers of earth
2 : an area built up by such a landfill

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