Central Disposal Facility Tour
The Central Disposal Facility (CDF) is located on Adamson Road in Cocoa. The property was first used for solid waste disposal in the 1960's. Since then the County has continued to make improvements operationally and environmentally.
For example, the 192-acre permitted landfill area is lined by a clay slurry wall, groundwater monitoring wells were installed and a methane gas collection and flare system is in place. The site originally consisted of 285 acres and now totals 957 acres. Portions of the landfill have gone through closure procedures by capping it with a liner, two feet of cover dirt and sod.
In addition to the landfill area itself, there are many other areas within the landfill which emphasize waste reduction and environmental protection.
For more information on the landfill and our other facilities, please call the Solid Waste Operations Office at (321) 633-1888.
The present modern landfill is expected to last until 2050 and projected to meet our future needs for decades to come.
Citizens Drop-off Center
Brevard County residents may bring their solid waste to any of our Facilities. This Drop-Off Area was converted from the old "Shredder Tipping Floor".
Our Collection Centers provide for the safe disposal of household hazardous materials. Items such as lawn and pool chemicals, automotive products and paint products should be brought to one of our three collection centers where they will be disposed of properly or recycled.
Anaerobic bacteria break down the garbage in the landfill which produces methane gas. These Flares were burning off the methane to reduce build-up in the landfill. The Landfill Gas Plant is up and running and the Flare Station will be utilized only when necessary.
Garbage trucks and transfer trailers dump their waste onto the "working face" of the landfill. Heavy equipment then levels and compacts the garbage. At the end of each day, the garbage is covered to reduce odors, and keep birds and animals from feeding on the garbage.
Landfill Gas Conversion to Green Energy
The gas produced by the Landfill (methane) is extracted through a vacuum system run by LES (Brevard Energy LLC) which in turn is connected to a power grid at the FP&L Facility (Oleander Plant) and converted to Green Energy.
Rainwater seeps through the landfill and creates liquid known as leachate. Computer-controlled wells around the perimeter of the landfill automatically pump the leachate into the tank. The leachate is stored in this tank and then pumped to the South Central Mainland Wastewater Treatment Facility in Viera. After the leachate is treated, it is used as reclaimed water in some residential and commercial areas for irrigation.
Ferrous metals, such as steel and "white goods" (stoves, refrigerators, etc.) are separated from the waste stream and stored at the metal pile then picked up by a vendor and recycled into new products.
Yard waste is banned from Florida landfills but is used for daily cover material in the landfill after it's mulched. Tens of thousands of pounds of mulch is sent to a facility in Auburndale to be converted to Green Energy. The mulch is available FREE to all Brevard County residents, call (321) 633-1888 for more information.
All vehicles must check in with the Scale House to utilize the landfill. Vehicles bringing in debris are weighed on the scale. The scale house attendant identifies the type of debris being brought in and directs them to the appropriate area.
State law prohibits burying whole tires, so they go directly to the Tire Pile Area. They are also pulled from the waste stream if they have been disposed of with other waste. The tires are then removed and transported to St. Petersberg for reprocessing.