landfill land‧fill [ˈlændfɪl] noun
1. [uncountable] the practice of burying waste from industry and homes in large holes in the ground, or the waste buried in this way:

• The chemicals were trucked and used as landfill.

— landfilling noun [uncountable] :

• Recycling programs across the US typically cost far more than landfilling.

2. also landfill site [countable] a place where waste is buried:

• Typically, used oil is dumped into landfills.

• For every tonne of household waste that is disposed of through a landfill site, the council pays £13 in tax.

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landfill UK US /ˈlændfɪl/ noun ENVIRONMENT
[U] waste that is buried in the ground in large amounts: »

Landfill is a long-term pollutant.


At the facility we separate recyclable goods from landfill.

[C or U] (also landfill site) a place where waste is buried in the ground in large amounts: »

The idea is to transform the landfill into a park.

[U] the process of burying large amounts of waste: »

Landfill provides a safe disposal option for waste that can't be recycled, composted, or used to generate energy.


The landfill tax is a tax on the disposal of waste.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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