Superfund Site Profile

EPA is conducting a five-year review of the Sparta Landfill. The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on-site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. This is the third five-year review of this site.

 EPA’s original cleanup plans included a multi-layer landfill cap, landfill gas vent system, and groundwater monitoring.

 More information is available at the Sparta Carnegie Township Library, 80 N. Union, and in the Sparta Landfill Administrative Record. The review should be completed by August.  

The five-year-review is an opportunity for you to tell EPA about site conditions and any concerns you have. Contact the remedial project manager or community involvement coordinator for more information.


The 26-acre Sparta Landfill site, located in Kent County, Michigan, is a closed municipal landfill. About 12 acres operated as an open dump (Schwab Dump) from the 1940s to 1972, accepting general, residential, commercial and solid wastes. In 1972, Kent County began operation of the Sparta Landfill on property adjacent to the Schwab Dump and acquired the Schwab Dump property in 1973. In 1977, the landfill was closed by the county and a two-foot sand cover was placed over the site.