The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills. Texas has 266 active landfill sites.
About 22 million tons of trash are landfilled in Texas each year. The Lone Star State alone has 12 landfills towering above 200 feet tall. Texas has 24 landfill gas energy projects, with all but 2 generating electricity.
The Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill, opened in Fresno, California in 1937. It is considered to have been the first modern, sanitary landfill in the United States and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.