About Us

American Environmental Landfill: Leading the Industry in Environmental Compliance

At American Environmental Landfill, we pride ourselves on maintaining a high level of service, while meeting and exceeding state and national environmental standards. As a Subtitle ‘D’ landfill, we’ve also been designated by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) as a leading landfill in the industry.

We are dedicated to environmental awareness, community service, and innovation. It is our goal to continue to build a legacy around these core ideas while working to lead Green Country to a beautiful and more sustainable future.

The Importance of Environmental Awareness

As the largest landfill in the state, American Environmental Landfill (AEL) is dedicated to bridging the gap between the waste industry and conservation by implementing programs associated with the environmental and community needs of our region. From a company perspective, we like to think of ourselves as stewards of the land and are continually searching for new sustainable methods to add to our operations portfolio. We take these integrations very seriously and are proud of the work we’ve already accomplished.


American Environmental Landfill: Leading the Industry in Environmental Compliance

At American Environmental Landfill, we pride ourselves on maintaining a high level of service to public-dump, special waste, and industrial customers while meeting and exceeding state and national environmental standards. As a Subtitle ‘D’ landfill, AEL has been designated by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) as a leading landfill in the industry. AEL is committed to addressing environmental issues and working to make the industry in which we operate more sustainable in the long term.

American Environmental Landfill is an award-winning Subtitle D landfill site serving Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

We operate what is known as a Subtitle D landfill site. In other words, we take care of non-hazardous waste, including discarded household items, non-hazardous solids, and liquids generated by industry, friable and non-friable asbestos, and municipal and industrial sludge through liquid waste solidification.

AEL has performed so well as a Subtitle D site that is has been recognized as a leading landfill within this category by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

American Environmental Landfill Is Committed To Raising Awareness Around Environmental Issues.

At AEL, we’re proud to be an Oklahoma landfill site. We believe that Green Country is a beautiful region that deserves to be cherished, and are committed to helping steer residents and businesses in Tulsa towards a more sustainable future.

Of course, this will not happen without innovation. We recognize that the waste management industry needs to work with a conservationist mindset to establish new ways of working that have a minimal impact on the environment.

Waste management is fundamental to the everyday running of our lives as we know them. Still, we appreciate that changes need to continue to be made if we are to offer high levels of service in a way that respects the natural world. This is why we are committed to always growing and evolving as a company.

We believe that looking after the Earth on which we live is fundamental to the health and prosperity of future generations. As this year’s news cycle has clearly demonstrated, issues such as climate change and the potential extinction of millions of animal and plant species require urgent action by governments and businesses across the globe. As an organization that takes our corporate responsibility seriously, we are excited to lead the way in combating environmental degradation.

Based in North Eastern, Oklahoma, AEL is one of the most eco-conscious landfills in the region.

AEL: Stewards Of The Land

At AEL, we believe that we are stewards of the land. We continue to search for more sustainable waste management methods to add to our portfolio of operations and are proud of the work we have accomplished so far.

We try to give back as much as we can to the environment and its non-human inhabitants through various initiatives, including:

Our Landfill Honey Bee Farm

Bees are amazing creatures that play a vital role in pollinating plants and, therefore, helping to grow much of the food that we eat. In fact, we at AEL have such deep respect for bees that we set up our very own bee farm at the landfill. The bees generate lots of delicious honey, and we have even been able to make our very own landfill bee’s wax-based lip balm!

The bee idea blossomed five years ago, after Kenneth Burkett, the company’s owner and National Waste Hall of Fame inductee, heard about the plight of bees worldwide and wanted to do something to boost their numbers in the wild locally.

“You hear all the time about how bee populations are dropping off,” said Burkett. “I just wanted to do my part in helping keep the bee population strong while also helping our local environment.

According to Burkett, the project started when his company was faced with the choice of using herbicides to control brush growth near power lines on AEL’s property. Knowing that the chemicals could permanently impair the native bee population, Burkett decided to hand clear the bushes and set up beehives to help nurture the local bee population. Today, the bees produce two different kinds of “landfill honey,” and visitors are often given a taste when they come for a tour.

Our Animal And Plant Populations

As well as bees, we have a number of animals and plants on the property. Indeed, the landfill is home to a thriving community of free-roaming longhorn cattle that give a sense of life and vibrancy to the site. In the Spring of 2018, we were excited to learn that one of the longhorns gave birth to twins. This is a very rare occurrence amongst this species, and we are committed to ensuring that the animals go on to live long and happy lives.

We also plant milkweed every year to provide sustenance for a population of beautiful monarch butterflies. What’s more, in line with our commitment to looking after the environment, we never allow pesticides to be used anywhere on our site.

We Help To Turn Waste Into Energy.

At AEL, we’re proud to generate renewable forms of energy from non-recyclable materials. Not content with simply leaving these materials to fill up the ground, we have invested in innovative new energy production processes that involve capturing and utilizing methane gas produced by decomposing trash. Read more about this process here.

We Help To Keep The Lights On At A Local School.

In June of 2017, Anderson Elementary School received an initial gift of $37,500 from American Environmental Landfill and their renewable energy partner Montauk Energy. Both companies have also committed a donation of $15,000 combined annually. As the power plant continues to capture methane for the next 50 plus years and convert it into electricity for thousands of Oklahomans, this sustainable partnership will be responsible for over $750,000 invested into education at this local elementary school less than a quarter-mile from the landfill.

Past Anderson Elementary School superintendent, Brett Banker, had faced two consecutive years of budget cuts and, as a result, called upon Todd Green, Vice President Landfill Operations at AEL for help. “I knew the landfill provided electricity to the grid and so I approached Todd Green of American Environmental Landfill and asked him if the landfill would help Anderson Elementary School with our electric bill. With the recent budget cuts, we needed the landfill to help us keep our lights on!”

As a neighbor to Anderson Public School, Todd Green has felt the need to help Anderson School through tasks ranging from the use of equipment to move playground pieces, remediating a 60 year old raw sewage lagoon and installing ½ mile of nature trails and an outdoor classroom, mowing and providing educational tours to students showcasing the waste-to-energy landfill and honey bee farm. And recently – by helping keep the lights on!

In fact, our efforts surrounding renewable energy production have made such a difference to the school that AEL and Vice President Todd Green were awarded a Frank Condon Award for Environmental Excellence in 2019.

What Services Does AEL Offer?

We offer a number of services based on your waste management needs including:

Solid Waste Disposal Services

Everyone in the community is welcome to bring a truckload of trash to leave at our landfill site. We are open Monday – Friday between 7 am, and 5 pm and Saturdays between 7 am and 3 pm.

Liquid Waste Solidification And Water Waste Disposal

We are committed to ensuring your liquid waste is disposed of safely and efficiently through our liquid waste solidification services. Remember that water waste disposal needs to be conducted by professionals in order to protect human health and the environment. We work with industrial firms across Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

Get In Touch With Us Today.

As well as solid and liquid waste disposal services, we offer specialized waste consulting services and waste profiling assistance for businesses in and around the Oklahoma area. To find out more, do not hesitate to get in touch today.