Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
From the top of the highest point in Irving, the skyline of Dallas in the east peeks through the fog. Turn and you will see the domed roof of Cowboys Stadium and a handful of Six Flags rides. Strangely, the stunning view is not from a skyscraper or building, it is from Irving’s Hunter Ferrell Landfill.
In Irving, the landfill process starts with a roughly 90 foot hole that is first layered with Eagle Ford Shale, a non-permeable rock. The City then alternates compacted trash layers with tiers of dirt, eventually creating hills on the 300-acre site. But hopefully that won’t be the process forever.
Already, the City landfill is using recycling practices. The landfill reuses ground rock to pave the roadways within the landfill. Tires are recycled, metals are sold and brush is ground into mulch.
Still, of about 500 tons of trash is brought into the site daily. About 85 percent of the waste isn’t actually waste.
“Eighty five percent of what is on the working face of my landfill has no business being in the landfill,” ,” Brenda Haney, director of the Solid Waste Service department, said. “You put it on the curb and I picked it up, so it starts at home. That 85 percent could be recycled.
Drop-off recycling centers are available at 3000 Rock Island Rd. and 8555 Home Depot Dr. The City also offers curbside recycling on designated days. Detailed schedules are online at www.ci.irving.tx.us.