City landfill at Big Bethel

Bethel landfill signThe city landfill is on North Park Lane off Big Bethel Road near Virginia Peninsula Community College. It is open to Hampton residents for the disposal of bulk trash. Building materials may only be disposed of at the landfill with a valid building permit issued by the City of Hampton. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and closed Sundays. The telephone number for the landfill is 757-766-3033 for further information.

Landfill bird population control measures

Waste Management's Bethel Landfill takes pride in being a good neighbor and strives to minimize its presence whenever possible. The landfill offers a modern and environmentally safe waste disposal facility to the citizens in the City of Hampton and surrounding communities. 

The landfill has multiple measures in place that limit the impact in the community. For more than 20 years, Bethel Landfill has partnered with USDA Wildlife Services to control bird populations, because of proximity to Langley Air Force Base. Some of the techniques used by the USDA Wildlife Services Specialists to control and deter bird populations at the site include: 

  • Pyrotechnics: A commonly used and effective bird frightening technique. Approved pyrotechnics create a loud sound that deters birds from the area.  
  • Propane Cannons: A bird frightening technique that generates a blast that sounds like a gunshot and deters birds from the area.  
  • Long Rage Audio Device: The site uses recordings of bird alarm and distress calls to deter birds from the area.

As some birds may become habituated or familiarized to bird frightening techniques, the USDA Wildlife Services Specialists will determine if additional control methods are needed.


In addition to working closely with the USDA, the landfill takes preventive measures to deter bird scavenging. At the end of each workday, landfill employees cover the waste with six inches of soil or an approved alternative daily cover. The daily cover is intended to prevent animals and birds from accessing the waste, prevent odors, and prevent blown litter. 

If you have any additional questions, please call the answering service at 757-766-3033, and a Waste Management representative will contact you.