The Carpet Landfill, also known as a balefill or monofill, is an industrial waste monofill for baled carpet waste. Both post-consumer and post-industrial carpet waste is accepted.
Visit the Carpet Recycling page to learn about properly disposing of and/or recycling your carpet and carpet pad.
With a waste stream completely unique to Dalton and Whitfield County the problems facing the Authority with density and compaction are found no where else in the world. In the early 1990’s, the Authority realized after several waste audits that 60% of our waste stream came from the carpet industry. Monofilling baled carpet waste in unlined cells to reduce construction costs, reduce cover requirements, reduce equipment maintenance, and to allow for potential future resource recovery from the waste was the answer.
The Authority partnered with the local mill industry and offered a discounted rate to bale the carpet scraps (selvedge) so that the material could be diverted to the permitted carpet balefill, the current phase is a 29 acre site. The balefill now accepts 200,000 – 300,000 pounds per day. The Authority’s current permitted balefill has over 10 years of disposal life remaining. The Authority currently stores 500,000 + tons of carpet bales, with the potential to “mine” this material once technology, economics, and markets all come together.
The monofill for baled carpet waste was permitted and operations began over 15 years ago both for economics of tipping user fees and future environmental stewardship for future beneficial reuse of the carpet feedstock from the “mining” of the balefill. Although discounted tipping fees were offered some mills were still unable to bale their carpet wastes, so as part of the solution the Authority constructed a Materials Recovery Facility (Recycling Center).