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Archive for the ‘Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities’ Category

11 May 2016

Time for a change? Lessons learned while transitioning from windrow operations to aerated static pile composting

Last year I wrote a blog post about helping a Waste Management landfill in northern California convert a classic windrow composting facility (in which compost is piled up outdoors and periodically turned) to a covered aerated static pile (CASP) composting facility, where larger piles undergo aeration using on-grade (or in-floor) piping. Fast forward a year,…

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Categories: Air Quality, Landfill Engineering and Design, Organics, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Jessica Bernardini, PE at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Time for a change? Lessons learned while transitioning from windrow operations to aerated static pile composting

27 April 2016

Simple project to reduce truck queuing at a landfill requires planning and forethought

I recently worked on a project to solve a truck queuing issue at a landfill facility. Trucks were experiencing increased weigh-in wait times, even though the landfill already had one dedicated inbound scale and an existing outbound scale configured to handle inbound truck traffic if necessary. Unfortunately, there was only one inbound lane to the…

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Categories: Landfill Engineering and Design, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By David Sonne at 12:03 PM  |  1 Comment on Simple project to reduce truck queuing at a landfill requires planning and forethought

13 May 2015

Tips for getting the most from construction meeting minutes

As an engineer, I attend more than my fair share of construction meetings, and I wanted to pass along a few tips for documenting – in writing – what goes on at these meetings. Are you reading this thinking, “Writing minutes is a boring exercise with no real purpose, and I can do it at…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Matt Beebe at 1:05 PM  |  7 Comments on Tips for getting the most from construction meeting minutes

4 March 2015

Why a clear and concise submittals list really pays off in technical specifications

I have seen my share of technical specifications, and I have found that a clear and concise list of submittals is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of technical specifications. Technical specifications are by their very nature intended to define what a project is, what its components are, and how those components are to…

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Categories: Biogas and Landfill Gas, Landfill Engineering and Design, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities, Uncategorized
Posted By Mark Swyka, PE at 11:00 AM  |  1 Comment on Why a clear and concise submittals list really pays off in technical specifications

17 December 2014

Actually, that IS a confined space

Workplace and employee safety regulations can become confusing. Confined space regulations remind me a bit of the offside rule in soccer – the definition of what it means gets the most attention when one person or the other needs the definition, or opinion, to weigh in that person’s favor. OSHA remains quite clear, however: A…

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Categories: Biogas and Landfill Gas, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Bryan Welborn at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Actually, that IS a confined space

28 May 2014

There’s gold in them thar compost piles – pilot study helps convert to a covered aerated static pile to increase compost throughput

I’ve been working for the past few years with a Waste Management landfill in northern California to help convert a classic windrow composting facility (in which compost is piled up outdoors and periodically turned) to a covered aerated static pile (CASP) composting facility, where larger piles undergo aeration using on-grade piping. The landfill currently produces…

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Categories: Landfill Engineering and Design, Organics, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Jessica Bernardini, PE at 11:15 AM  |  No Comments on There’s gold in them thar compost piles – pilot study helps convert to a covered aerated static pile to increase compost throughput

5 March 2014

Who is my peer reviewer?

In the consulting industry, we often say that our work has been peer reviewed and it’s generally part of most firms’ quality control procedures. A peer review is a good idea – it enables us to get a second set of eyes looking at the work product and potentially finding errors that were overlooked by…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Garth Bowers, PE at 11:16 AM  |  No Comments on Who is my peer reviewer?

8 January 2014

Thinking of converting your transfer station to a mixed waste MRF?

Have you been reading success stories on those who’ve converting their classic “lift & load” transfer station to a cutting edge mixed waste resource recovery/material recycling facility (mixed waste MRF) and wondering whether such a capital intensive conversion could work for your facility? You might be asking yourself these questions: Where and how do I…

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Categories: Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Prentiss Shaw, PE at 11:00 AM  |  No Comments on Thinking of converting your transfer station to a mixed waste MRF?

17 July 2013

Creating organic feedstock for energy recovery – the basics on organics separation, collection, and processing

I have been involved in the transfer and recycling business for a very long time, and I’m finding the new push for organics recovery an interesting new wrinkle. From what I gather, there’s a lot of interest, but also many questions, so I thought I would put down a few of my thoughts (with a…

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Categories: Organics, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Ernest Ruckert, PE at 12:33 PM  |  1 Comment on Creating organic feedstock for energy recovery – the basics on organics separation, collection, and processing