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 Those recyclables only brought the city only $410, but saved University Heights $11,000 in tipping fees -- fees that would have been paid if the recyclables were placed as garbage into a landfill. cleveland, "University Heights examining its garbage collection system, and possibly less expensive methods," 14 May 2020 Joel McDonald Joel McDonald works at the Rumpke landfill in Colerain Township., "Heroes among us: Cincinnati essential workers who are battling on the frontlines," 6 May 2020 But some have far to go—97% of the materials used to make clothing are brand new, and 73% of these products are incinerated or put into a landfill. Fortune, "Why you should tumble round the idea of a circular economy," 29 Feb. 2020 King County made the proposal, documents say, because other methods have failed to prevent eagles from diving into a landfill and dropping potentially dangerous trash on homes. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Scaring America's mascot?: Washington county proposes shooting fireworks near bald eagles," 19 Feb. 2020 There are economic motivations to find out: Using waste plastic can increase profits at cement plants while reducing the amount of plastic going into landfills by roughly 30%. Eric Williams, The Conversation, "The first step in managing plastic waste is measuring it – here’s how we did it for one Caribbean country," 17 Jan. 2020 Kamille’s disappearance gripped the city for 10 days, until her remains were found the night of Oct. 22 in a trash dumpster at a Jefferson County landfill. Carol Robinson |, al, "Kamille 'Cupcake’ McKinney’s 4th birthday marked with balloon release at slain girl’s gravesite," 22 Apr. 2020 Maybe some of them wound up at the landfill, but maybe some of them went to loving homes., "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 27 July 2019 Ten days later, her body was found in a dumpster in a landfill. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Lundy out as Birmingham Housing Authority president/CEO," 19 Mar. 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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21 May 2020

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“Landfill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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