Dolby Landfill

Aerial view of Dolby Landfill

The Maine State Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services (BGS) owns and operates the Dolby Solid Waste Landfill in the Town of East Millinocket, Maine. The site operates under a permit first obtained from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) to Great Northern Paper dated June 1984. Subsequent license amendment orders transferred the Dolby III Landfill permits to Katahdin Paper Company (April 2003) and State of Maine (September 2011). Sevee and Maher Engineers, Cumberland, Maine, provides landfill operations and maintenance support pursuant to contracts awarded by the state in 2011.

Dolby Landfill consists of three landfill sites (Dolby I, Dolby II, and Dolby III), which are located on the east side of Route 157, approximately 2-1/2 miles northwest of East Millinocket, Maine. The Dolby I Landfill received a license from the MEDEP in 1975 and occupies about 23 acres southwest of Dolby II and III. The principal waste streams at Dolby I were wastewater sludges, woodroom/woodyard waste, wood ash, and general rubbish from the Millinocket and East Millinocket mills, which were received from 1975 to 1979. Final cover was placed over Dolby I in 1980-1981.

The Dolby II Landfill is immediately east and upslope of the Dolby III Landfill. Dolby II was licensed by the MEDEP in 1978 and occupies about 75 acres. The principal waste streams delivered to Dolby II were wastewater sludges, woodroom/ woodyard waste, wood ash, and general rubbish from the Millinocket and East Millinocket mills. Municipal solid waste (MSW) from the towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket were also landfilled. Waste placement in Dolby II occurred between 1979 and 1986. Final cover was placed over the Dolby II waste in 1987.

Construction of Dolby III commenced in 1984. Dolby III occupies about 73 acres and has been operated in stages. The Landfill design consists of 17 waste cells; currently, Landfill operations are in Cells 15 and 16. Cells 1 through 14 have been filled to capacity and have received final cover. Cell 17 remains to be opened. The original waste streams at Dolby III were wastewater sludges, woodroom/ woodyard waste, wood ash, general rubbish from the Millinocket and East Millinocket mills and MSW from the local communities. The disposal of MSW was discontinued in 1993 due to a change in the solid waste regulations.

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