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." 
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. Cobalt levels exceed standards in wells near landfill, Brandon Shulleeta, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 14, 2010, retrieved November 15, 2010.