Riverbend Landfill Overview

Current Update

Riverbend Landfill submits closure permit application
DEQ received a closure permit application from Riverbend Landfill on January 5, 2015. DEQ requires a closure permit application for a permitted facility at least five years prior to anticipated closing.
The application is for closure of the currently permitted area, including the four acres associated with the MSE berm. DEQ had requested that the landfill submit this application because the capacity of the currently permitted area will last less than five years. The landfill notes that it intends to remain open for longer than five years because it plans to submit an application to expand.
Federal regulations require that the owner or operator of a landfill complete closure activities in accordance with the closure plan within 180 days of when the landfill stops accepting waste. DEQ may extend this period if site conditions warrant the extension.
The issuance of a new closure permit requires a public comment period and a public hearing. DEQ will announce any future meeting and hearing related to the closure permit if and when the draft closure permit is issued.
Oregon law allows a facility to apply for an extension of the useful life of the landfill, even if it has submitted an application for a closure permit. At this time, DEQ has not received an application to expand, although the landfill has stated it intends to submit such an application


Riverbend Landfill is a public landfill located in McMinnville. Currently owned by Waste Management, the landfill has been in operation since 1982.
In March 2012, Waste Management applied to DEQ for a permit that would allow construction of a reinforced berm, which is technically referred to as a mechanically stabilized earthen berm. Construction of the berm would allow an additional one million cubic yards of disposal capacity, equal to about two years of landfill life, though it would not increase the landfill’s overall height. The berm would also increase the area of the landfill by four acres.
DEQ initiated a 35-day public comment period on the proposed permit, which ended April 5. DEQ also held an informational meeting and public hearing March 28 in McMinnville. More than 100 people attended the meeting and 36 people offered verbal comments. Additionally, approximately 300 people provided written comments to DEQ during the public comment period.
All the technical documents, reports and original public notices can be viewed here. Contact Information: Bob Schwarz: (541) 298-7255, ext. 230, toll free at 800-452-4011, or by email.