Welcome to one of your greatest assets. Welcome to the home of the Fort Smith Department of Sanitation – a community resource that offers Fort Smith the hope of a clean, prosperous and independent future. Envision a community that produces and sells its own energy. A community that is completely self-reliant with respect to waste disposal. A community where recycling is not just a chore but a shared investment in long-term prosperity and sustainability. This is the future of Fort Smith, thanks to decisions already made – some many years ago – to invest in assets like our own landfill, methane-gas production capabilities and excellence in residential, commercial and industrial services. It’s our future – if we invest in it and protect it. There’s a lot you can do to help ensure Fort Smith’s success, and plenty of rewards awaiting all of us as a result. Explore the shared opportunity. Discover the role you can play. Far from just a city department, ours is a communitywide asset – a charge, if we can keep it.
Director of Sanitation: Mark Schlievert Sanitation Administrative Superintendent: Serina Tustin
The purpose of the Fort Smith Department of Sanitation is to lead the community in a commitment to shared environmental responsibility. Our operations serve this mission in a variety of ways. By operating the city-owned landfill (which is also the largest in the state), – the only landfill in Arkansas licensed for long-term operation – we help ensure that Fort Smith's environmental future will remain in its own hands. By maintaining our commitment to excellence in residential, commercial and industrial pickup, we provide our community with an affordable service that keeps the community clean and invests in its own sustainability.
While the traditional sanitation department focuses on residential collection, the Fort Smith DOS also excels in commercial and industrial collection. Many residents may not be aware of the fact that we work with a local utility to produce natural gas from methane generated by the solid waste in our landfill. We are also pursuing the possibility of other green energy technology that would convert solid waste into a source of fuel to power gas turbines to produce electricity–, which can be used to serve the residents and businesses of Fort Smith.
It is the mission of the Department of Sanitation, to provide solid waste services to the citizens of Fort Smith through the collection, disposal, and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost effective.
Hours of Operation
Administration: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Landfill: Mon-Fri 7:30am -4:30pm, Sat 7:30am-3:30pm