The Ivy Landfill was used as a storage facility by the Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia from 1966 to 2001. Its remediation is managed by the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority.
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In 1973, the city sought to locate a new landfill near I-64 and Avon Street Extended but Albemarle officials would not allow it or any other site in the county. When asked to join at the Ivy Landfill, Mayor Francis Fife called the idea "preposterous." 
In 2021, the RSWA sought permission to add solar panels atop a portion of the landfill. 
Analysis of groundwater in wells adjacent to the center has discovered higher levels of cobalt than that allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A study conducted by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority concluded that the levels do not pose a threat to human health.
- Print: The Seventies: Central Virginia Ends Decade of Joy and Tragedy, Doug Kamholz, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 1, 1980, Page A6.
- Web. March 29, 2021: Affordable housing project nets CACF's largest-ever grant; Solar panels at landfill; Washington doesn't make Democratic ballot for Council, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, March 29, 2021, retrieved August 1, 2021.
- Web. Cobalt levels exceed standards in wells near landfill, Brandon Shulleeta, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 14, 2010, retrieved November 15, 2010.