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.