One of the main reasons we’re known as the only fully integrated waste company in Tulsa is the fact that we own our own landfill. It’s considered one of the best in the state of Oklahoma.

We are the only landfill in the state capturing methane gas to power our own waste to energy facility supplying power to nearly 5000 homes every day in the local community.

We’re very proud of that fact and continue to look for ways we can improve our environment and make our community a better place to live. From our liner design and leachate system to our quality control practices, we surpass ODEQ requirements for quality assurance testing.

AEL stands second to none when it comes to our commitment to the environment and innovation. We’re dedicated to our community and work hard to make Tulsa sustainable for generations to come.

With over 220 acres of permitted landfill space available for construction, AEL is committed to Tulsa’s future and assuring the safest and most cost effective disposal solution available in Green Country.

Basic Facts:

• American Environmental Landfill is constructed of a one foot clay liner, Geo-Synthetic Clay Liner (GCL), 60 mil HPPE Liner, Geo-Net, Leachate collection system, two foot sand blanket and a special interceptor water line to ensure water is kept away from the landfill.
• We designed our landfill with overlapping environmental protection systems so that we contain a wide variety of materials while protecting the community in which we live.

• AEL takes many precautions to ensure the environment is free from any contaminants. By closely monitoring ground and surface water and methane, AEL ensures that the landfill site performs as designed and protects the environment.

• Tracking ground and surface water and methane migration patterns allows AEL to detect migration quickly. In addition, AEL has developed important groundwater monitoring well installation and sampling procedures that help eliminate the common problem of measuring contamination from sources unrelated to the landfill. Our experienced hydrologist and other specialists constantly interpret groundwater monitoring data and statistics for fast, appropriate response.

• AEL’s LFG monitoring system consists of a perimeter compliance network of 12 gas probes located at or near the permit boundary. Monthly monitoring of the probes is conducted by 3rd party LFG consultants. Should methane levels exceed the lower explosive limit in any of the gas probes, AEL employs effective design alternatives to prevent potential migration of the methane. The recommended alternative will depend on methane value, soil conditions, climate, depth to an impermeable layer and distance to buildings. Follow-up monitoring ensures these measures are effective.

• We also have a strict screening protocol for special waste so that we’re sure to always protect our surrounding areas and the well being of our employees. Liquids and semi-solid waste typically are rejected at a standard solid waste facility to limit leachate production in the landfill. With the liquid solidification program at AEL, liquids and semi-solid wastes can be accepted and mixed with a bulking material for proper disposal in the landfill.

• This makes it easy and convenient for waste haulers throughout the area. AEL has capacity to store and process over 80,000 gallons of liquid special waste at one time!

Waste to Energy Project:

With our new waste to energy facility, we are generating enough electricity to power nearly 5000 homes in Oklahoma. We’re very proud of the fact we can cut emissions and provide a unique source of power to local homes.

• The project relies on methane-rich landfill gas made by decomposing waste that could not be recycled at the landfill. Landfill gas is about 50 percent methane, the primary component of natural gas.

• Our goal was to find a way to harness the waste our city produces so we could cut emissions levels of methane gas, plus use it as an energy source to benefit the community.

• The power generated by AEL is used locally by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, which supplies power to Pawhuska and 38 other small Oklahoma communities.

Environmental Stewardship. Our system is not only generating electricity, but its offsetting fossil fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gas to create huge benefits for the community. We began our trash to energy project in 2008, and now we have the capacity to treat millions of pounds of waste per year.

Terms and Conditions

Container placement and usage:

All containers will be placed on a hard or paved surface to prevent property damage. If a customer requests placement on an unpaved surface, this could result in increased costs if inclement weather prevents removal on the date requested. Costs could include: (1) a trip fee based on location and no less than $50, and (2) additional lease fees at current rental rate until ground conditions allow for removal. If the container is placed on an unpaved surface at the customer’s request, the customer assumes all responsibility for any increased costs and any damage to the ground or grass this may cause.

Due to safety concerns, please do not attempt to move a container once placed at your site. If you need a container moved before final pickup, please call customer service at 918-446-0023.

American Waste Control, Inc. is not responsible for accidents, injury or damage caused by a container or to a container while the container is at the customer’s location.


Most material is acceptable for disposal in our temporary containers. Please see the following list for exceptions. If unsure of size or material, please contact customer service at 918-446-0023 prior to placing items in containers.

    • Follow Special Instructions
      • Refrigerators and air conditioners – disconnect and drain Freon
      • Lawn mowers or other lawn equipment – drain gas and oil tanks
    • Special Quote Required

(Not allowed unless preapproved, call 918-446-0023 before placing any of these items in your dumpster)

    • Hazardous or flammable substances
    • Biohazardous materials
    • Car batteries
    • Tires – minimum charge of $25 per tire
    • Wet paint or other solvents
  • Not allowed
    • Dead animals

Please review the following chart for other restrictions:

*If a container is overloaded, American Waste Control, Inc. will either charge additional fees to haul the container or require the customer to offload material prior to removal if the container is unable to be safely hauled.