Important COVID-19 Update: Learn how Riverview Land Preserve is adjusting during these unprecedented times.   Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

Q?

Where is RLP located?

 

A.

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE

20863 Grange Road

Riverview, MI 48193-7600

Main Office: 734.281.4263

Fax: 734.479.5960

Q?

What are the hours of operation?

 

A.

Monday through Friday
Contract Customers: 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Customers without Contract: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday
Contract Customers: 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Customers without Contract: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sunday
Closed

Q?

What are the on-site recycling hours?

 

A.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday
7 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Sunday
Closed

Q?


What year did RLP open and who owns it? 


 

A.

RLP is a Michigan-based, Type II (non-hazardous) licensed solid waste landfill facility, owned and operated by the City of Riverview since 1968.

Q?

Which communities does RLP serve?

 

A.

RLP serves 16 local communities including:

  • Allen Park
  • Brownstown Township
  • Ecorse
  • Flat Rock
  • Gibraltar
  • Grosse Ile
  • Lincoln Park
  • Melvindale
  • River Rouge
  • Riverview
  • Rockwood
  • Southgate
  • Taylor
  • Trenton
  • Woodhaven
  • Wyandotte

Q?

What does RLP do to help the communities it serves?

 

A.

RLP is an important resource to our neighboring communities and the community at large. Annually, the landfill generates millions of dollars in fees to support Wayne County recycling programs and local enrichment programs.

 

Our facility also serves as a classroom. School fieldtrips, STEM projects, visits from local Boy Scout Troops, and more, helping our youth learn first-hand about the importance of recycling at home and the role of landfills when it comes to managing waste.

 

RLP operates with transparency to the community. RLP staff meets regularly with city, business and community leaders, and regularly shares Local Enforcement Agency findings to the community.

 

Put simply: We are proud of our role in the Downriver community, and we look forward to deepening relationship and supporting local community initiatives.

Q?

Schedule a Tour

 

A.

Tours are available on a limited basis to residents as well as community, civic and academic organizations. To request a tour, contact us here or call Jeff Kugelman, 734-281-4263, x5928.

Q?

What type of waste material is accepted at RLP?

 

A.

RLP is permitted by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE),  as a Type II municipal solid waste landfill. A type II landfill is allowed to accept household trash as well as non-hazardous waste produced by local businesses. RLP is currently accepting household waste from communities throughout southern Wayne County, as well as portions of other counties, in Southeastern Michigan. Most of the waste coming into the landfill is either regular trash or construction and demolition materials. There are limited amounts of waste, considered as special waste, which comes from cleanups of non-hazardous sites such construction sites, cleaning of industrial facilities, and home/business demolitions.

Q?

Does RLP have a drop off site for local residents?

 

A.

During operating hours, RLP offers a paved, easily accessible, drive-up, drop-off site, in which materials can be disposed of, into three stand-alone dumpsters.

Q?

How does resident recycling work?

 

A.

Riverview residents can participate in recycling various materials and composting yard clippings at no charge by delivering the materials to two convenient collection centers located at Riverview City Hall, and at RLP.

Each Riverview resident – with proof of residency – shall be permitted disposal of up to four loads of acceptable waste at no charge each fiscal year. One load, is defined as each time a resident delivers waste to the Land Preserve, in one of the acceptable transporting vehicles as follows: car, van, suv, pickup truck, or a trailer of less than two cubic yards capacity.

Q?

What are acceptable recycle materials?

 

A.

  • Batteries: Hearing aid, rechargeable, alkaline, auto, truck, and motorcycle batteries accepted. For batteries 1.5 Volts or higher, please tape both positive and negative battery leads.
  • Cardboard: Cardboard or boxboard only. Customers should flatten all boxes. Waxed juice, milk, or frozen food containers are not accepted.
  • Glass: Container provided for clear glass
  • Colored Glass: Container provided for colored glass.
  • Metal: All types of clean metal accepted.
  • Paper: Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, shredded paper, and books.
  • Plastic: All containers numbered 1 through 7 are accepted. Containers from automotive oils or other oily/greasy materials will not be accepted.
  • Used Oil: Motor oil, transmission oil, hydraulic oil. Oil can NOT have gasoline, antifreeze, diesel fuel, or any other materials mixed in with the oil.
  • Yard Waste: Grass clippings and leaves. Must be in paper bags or loose.
  • Tree Debris: Brush or limbs that are 4 feet or less in length and 2 inches or less in diameter, qualify as residential recycling. Logs, and stumps are not accepted as residential recycling unless approved by landfill management, prior to the arrival of the material on site.
  • Electronics: Computers and other related devices.
  • Freon Containing Appliances: Freon Containing Appliances can now be accepted for a fee of $50.00 each appliance. This includes Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers and Wine Coolers. Instructions for Stickered Appliances (Freon has been removed by certified company) and Non Stickered Appliances.
    * Non-Stickered Appliance plus trash: $50.00 Special Fee is in addition to the trash disposal fee. (Special Fee + Public Gate Rate Fee). Customer or Riverview Resident can unload the appliance in the designated area first, then proceed to dispose of their waste.
    * Non-Stickered Appliance only: $50.00 Special Fee – Freon Containing Appliance only.
    * Stickered Appliance plus trash: If Freon has been removed from the appliance and contains a certified sticker on the appliance, it must be inspected and approved by the personnel of the Riverview Land Preserve, as having the certified sticker. Customer or Riverview resident will only be charged public rate. The $50.00 Special Fee will not be added to the trash disposal fee.
    * Stickered Appliance only: Customer or Riverview resident will be charged public gate rate only.

Q?

What are unacceptable materials for recycling?

 

A.

Household generated sharps, lancets, needles and syringes are required by Michigan law (MCL 324.8905) to be disposed of in the proper manner. Check with your local fire station, or retailer, to see if they have a collection program available in your community.

Plastics above #7, food-contamination, used oil mixed with gasoline, aerosol cans, printer ink cartridges (should be removed before recycling).

Electronics are accepted, however, RLP does not accept televisions (TVs), at this time.

Q?

How does RLP work to protect public health and the environment?

 

A.

The RLP meets or exceeds all state and federal regulations. This means that the soil and groundwater are protected by the bottom liner system which collects liquid from the waste, where it is removed and disposed. Air quality is protected by use of the landfill gas collection system, and operational practices to minimize dust and odors. All operations and management staff are certified and trained. The RLP conducts daily, weekly and monthly inspections of all the control systems, and is inspected regularly by regulatory agencies as well. The landfill has monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to demonstrate that the operation is in compliance with regulatory requirements for environmental protection.

Q?

Who regulates the RLP?

 

A.

RLP operates a safe landfill under the strictest state and federal standards. These regulations were designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, and are some of the most stringent of any industry in the country. Federal regulations also require that measures be taken to ensure that surrounding land, water supplies and air are kept clean. Per EPA rules, there are no regulated hazardous materials being put into the Riverview Land Preserve. The City of Riverview prides itself in following these regulations.

Specifically, RLP is regulated by three different offices of the EGLE, as well as the Wayne County Department of Public Services and the USEPA. The main permits for the landfill are issued by the EGLE’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, Air Quality Division and Water Resources Division.

Q?

How many people are employed at RLP?

 

A.

Approximately 30 employees

Q?

What is the projected life remaining at RLP?

 

A.

12 years

Q?

What is the facility acreage?

 

A.

The entire site is 403 acres, and 211.28 acres are solid waste disposal area.

Q?

What is the permitted footprint?

 

A.

212 acres of active area.  52 acres have final cover and are not used for disposal anymore, but are still permitted disposal areas.

Q?

What is the remaining permitted capacity?

 

A.

7,850,000 cubic yards

Q?

How many tons of material are processed daily?

 

A.

3,000 tons on average

Q?

What is RLP’s permit type and permit number?

 

A.

RLP is classified by the State of Michigan, as a Type II, Municipal Solid Waste landfill (non-hazardous). RLP is regulated by three different offices of the Department of Environmental, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), as well as the Wayne County Department of Public Services, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The main permits for the landfill are issued by EGLE’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, Air Quality Division and Water Resources Division.

Q?

What is the containment design?

 

A.

The liner system is a single-composite liner system with a natural clay liner base. Groundwater monitoring wells and gas perimeter probes are installed to monitor the groundwater quality and detect off-site gas migration. Leachate collection is handled with gravity piping in the cell floor, with automated pumps and forcemain piping to transport and dispose of the leachate.

Q?

How is leachate collected and treated?

 

A.

As waste decomposes, a liquid waste material called leachate, is generated. RLP has an impermeable liner system to collect the liquid, where it is then pumped to either a sewer discharge (under permitted discharge only) or it can be pumped into a truck for transport to a disposal facility.

Q?

How does groundwater monitoring work at RLP?

 

A.

Groundwater, surface water and leachate monitoring are conducted in accordance with the Hydrogeologic Monitoring Plan (HMP, 2007). Each liquid type is sampled quarterly for a specific list of parameters as required by the HMP and Part 115 NREPA, 1994 PA 451 Rules.

Q?

How is landfill gas (compressed natural gas) managed?

 

A.

Landfill gas is generated during the natural process of bacterial decomposition of the organic material contained in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills. It is influenced by many different factors including the type and age of waste buried in RLP, the quantity and type of organic compounds in the waste and the moisture content and temperature of the waste.

RLP is proud of the environmental-friendly way it disposes of methane gas. Most of the methane is directed into turbines that produce electricity. Then, the electricity is sold to DTE Energy. The process utilizes state-of-the-art technology that significantly reduces emissions while filling an important energy need.

RLP has one Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which is a fuel that can be used in place of gasoline, diesel fuel and liquefied petroleum gas – pump onsite, which is easily accessible from the front entrance. The current CNG price: $2.00 per gallon.

Q?

What security exists at RLP?

 

A.

During non-operating hours, site access is restricted by natural barriers and fences. The site is monitored by contract security personnel, to detect any unauthorized activities during non-operating hours.

Q?

Who do I call if I smell something that may be coming from RLP?

 

A.

Please contact RLP at 734-785-7358, and the Wayne County Department of Public Services at 313-224-7600.