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Disposing of Animal Mortalities

Land-filling Large Animal Mortalities


Land-filling can be an inexpensive (≈ $35/ton) and sometimes convenient disposal option for large animal mortalities, particularly if on-farm burial is not feasible. However, an accommodating landfill must be nearby. Most beef and dairy producers and horse owners donít know which landfills accept dead livestock. This publication provides a map and phone numbers for Tennesseeís Class 1 landfills that are allowed to accept dead animals.

University of Tennessee Extension faculty contacted these landfills in fall 2010; the symbols in the figure below indicate which landfills will likely accept deadstock (many refuse to accept large animal carcasses, probably because of placement and covering regulations or odor concerns). The shaded counties in the figure below currently participate in a pickup and landfill disposal service with Appertain Corporation (931-363-8284). Otherwise, the landfills generally donít provide on-farm pickup, so youíll probably have to make arrangements to transport the carcass to the landfill. Call ahead to verify acceptance and follow these simple guidelines:
  • Transport the dead animal to the landfill as soon as possible, preferably within 48 hours.
  • Make sure the animal is completely and securely covered with a tarp during transport.
  • Schedule the carcass delivery early in the morning for discreet offloading.
  • Have a disposable but sturdy rope tied to the carcass for quick offloading.
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Landfills represented by squares will readily accept deadstock, those represented by diamonds denote landfills with restrictions (for example, only accepting from in-county farms), and those represented by circles are unlikely to accept deadstock. The shaded counties participate in a pickup and landfill disposal service with Appertain Corporation.

Contact information for Tennessee's Class 1 landfills
No.
County
Name
Phone
1
Anderson
Chestnut Ridge Landfill And Recycling Center
865-457-7810
2
Benton
West Camden Sanitary Landfill
731-584-7734
3
Blount
Alcoa /Maryville/ Blount Co. Class I Landfill
865-995-2892
4
Bradley
Bradley County Class I Landfill
423-476-8118
5
Clay
Upper Cumberland Landfill
931-258-3954
6
Cumberland
Cumberland County Landfill
931-788-6127
7
Decatur
Decatur Landfill
731-549-3567
8
DeKalb
Dekalb County Landfill
931-761-5588
9
Dyer
Dyersburg City Landfill
731-286-0450
10
Hamblen
Morristown Balefill Landfill
423-585-4805
11
Hamblen
Lakeway Sanitation And Recycling, Inc. Landfill
423-581-5655
12
Hamilton
City Of Chattanooga Landfill
423-344-9737
13
Hardeman
Bolivar-Hardeman County Landfill
731-658-6138
14
Hawkins
Carter Valley Landfill
423-357-6777
15
Jefferson
Jefferson County Landfill
865-397-3544
16
Loudon
Loudon County Landfill
865-458-2651
17
Madison
Madison County Development, LLC
901-872-7258
18
Marion
Marion County Landfill
423-942-8011
19
Marshall
Cedar Ridge Landfill, Inc.
931-270-0950
20
McMinn
Mcminn County Landfill
423-745-3244
21
McMinn
Meadow Branch Landfill Inc
423-745-6396
22
Montgomery
Bi-County Balefill
931-648-5751
23
Obion
Northwest Tennessee Disposal Company
731-885-1941
24
Obion
Alan’s Industrial Services Inc
731-264-5316
25
Pickett
Pickett County Landfill
931-864-3158
26
Rhea
Rhea County Class I Landfill
423-570-8920
27
Rutherford
BFI Middle Point Landfill
615-896-2075
28
Scott
Volunteer Regional Landfill
423-569-5702
29
Sevier
Sevier Solid Waste Inc.
865-453-5676
30
Shelby
BFI South Shelby Landfill
901-794-8071
31
Shelby
BFI North Shelby Landfill
901-794-3800
32
Smith
Smith County Landfill
615-735-1941
33
Washington
Iris Glen Environmental Center
423-926-8375
34
White
White County Landfill
931-761-7441
35
Williamson
Williamson County Landfill
615-790-0742


This information is further summarized in The University of Tennessee Extension publication W252, Land-filling Large Animal Mortalities in Tennessee.