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Westside Closed Landfill & Active Transfer Station

Aledo, Texas, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Landfill Grass Area
Grassland
Pollinator Area
Grassland
Reclamation Former Stockpile Area
Grassland
Soil Borrow Lake Area
Wetlands & Water Bodies
Deer/Turkey
Mammals
About the Program
Waste Management Westside Closed Landfill & Active Transfer Station, TX is about 200 acres where grassland vegetation is established. A 90-acre pond exists on the site. Waste Management is implementing 5 qualifying projects in Habitats – Grassland - Landfill Grass Area, Habitats – Grassland - Pollinator Area, Habitats - Grassland  - Reclamation Former Stockpile Area, Habitats - Wetlands & Water Bodies - Soil Borrow Lake Area, Species – Mammals - Deer/Turkey.
Landfill Grass Area: The conservation objective is to "establish (in disturbed areas) and enhance (in existing and undisturbed areas) native grasses at the Westside facility." Employees are engaged in mowing. Partners (BME, Master Naturalists and the Master Gardeners) are engaged in species inventories.
Pollinator Area: The conservation objective is to create a pollination area at the Westside Facility. Employees are engaged in mowing and monitoring. Partners (Indian Trails Master Naturalists; Fort Worth Master Gardeners; Weatherford Native Plant Society; BME; School tours) are engaged in species inventory.
Reclamation Former Stockpile Area: The conservation objective is to "Restore the area of the former stockpile with native grasses." Employees are engaged in mowing, monitoring and inventory of species. Partners (BME, Indian Trails Master Naturalists, Fort Worth Master Gardeners) are engaged in monitoring & inventory species.
Soil Borrow Lake Area: The stated conservation objective is to restore and enhance the former soil borrow area at the Westside Landfill to provide improved wildlife habit. Employees are engaged in maintenance and monitoring. Partners (BME; Fort Worth Audubon Society; Master Gardeners; Master Naturalists) are engaged in the inventory and monitoring.
Deer/Turkey: The conservation objective is to enhance/increase species in the habitat areas. Employees are engaged in monitoring of habitat and make recommendations.

Practices and Impacts
  • Landfill Grass Area: The team mows twice a year and/or as needed on a rotational basis. Access is only granted by appointment on days that staff is present. The Team maintains a monthly monitoring log, takes pictures, and does an annual inventory.
  • Pollinator Area: The Team mows during dormant seasons and monitors and inventories on a regular basis. The pollination garden area is established and functioning as intended.
  • Reclamation Former Stockpile Area: The Team continues monitoring and mowing periodically during dormant seasons. The Team notes show that the area continues to establish more vegetation and thrive with the native plants and grasses.
  • Soil Borrow Lake Area:  The Team added structures (14 old wooden pallets) to the pond to improve fish habitat. Access to the pond is directed through fencing.
  • Deer/Turkey: The Team places field cameras adjacent to the foraging areas and conducts monthly monitoring and documents in wildlife logs.

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