Los Reales Landfill is located within a City-owned property of approximately 1,087 acres. To extend the life of the landfill, the City is planning to expand the existing disposal area to the west and south, and to increase the height of the landfill by an average of 100 feet. Eventually, the disposal area will cover approximately 400 acres.
In 2005, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approved the landfill permit through 2067. This will extend the life of the landfill for approximately 60 years. More than half of the 1000-acre property will be set aside as open space or protected habitat.
The landfill will be designed with a natural, hilly shape that will blend in with the surrounding desert landscape. Additionally, the placement of landfill facilities and the use of screening elements, such as vegetation, along the property boundaries will minimize the impact of landfill operations on neighborhoods adjacent to Los Reales. The project design has incorporated ideas generated through discussions with neighboring residents and businesses.