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5 Revolutionary Landfill Technologies

Most people probably do not think much about where their waste products eventually go. However, it takes quite a bit of thought on the behalf of waste engineers. They must wrestle with the public’s ire over landfills and at the same time figure out how to manage them more efficiently and reduce the negative impact they make on the environment. Well, the answer – as it is in so many areas of business – is technology. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that technology is innovating in the waste management sector.

  • Drones: If you believe that drones are nothing more than toys then you are pretty far behind the times. Drones have a variety of practical uses in many industries and areas of business and government including real estate, law enforcement, film making, etc. Now, drones are also being used to measure landsite emissions and to gather other data from an aerial perspective.
  • Landfill GPS Systems: Systems like ours helps landfill engineers to optimize compaction, and maximize the use of airspace as well. They also provide actionable information to management so that they can improve worker safety and improve the overall efficiency of the landfill.
  • Thermal imaging: Fire is a constant threat to landfills. This is because most of the waste in landfills is flammable. Thermal imaging technologies help landfill managers keep track of hot spots that could erupt into full blown fires endangering worker safety and releasing pollutants into the environment.
  • Cameras and sensors: Gas leaks emanating from landfills send potentially harmful pollutants into the air and are one of the main challenges of landfill management. It is also one of the things that most draws the public ire about landfills. Gas-detecting technologies spot leaks thereby creating a safer and more productive landfill.landfill technology
  • The Internet of Things (IoT): The growing connectivity of devices various devices to the Internet and to each other makes it possible for fleet managers to track each truck’s routes and pickups in real-time.

Considered all together, the evolution of technologies that manage emissions, control leachate and monitor landfill promises to make landfills more efficient and profitable for owners. Landfills that stay behind the times on these trending technologies need to take only a moment to consider how thermal imaging, GPS landfill systems, drones, etc., can help change the image than landfills occupy in the public consciousness. We do our part by providing our customers with GPS construction, earthmoving, grading and accuracy solutions that are made for the 21st.


Tips for Handling Landfill Leachate

The rising costs of leachate treatment and public concern about hazardous liquids being introduced into the environment has caused landfill owners to seek the best ways to manage leachate. Of course, leachate as we know and as the public refers to is any liquid material that drains from land or stockpiled material. We’ve amassed five suggestions for reducing the amount of leachate your landfill creates.

  • Better grading: If your landfill is full of slopes that can increase run-off then this is counterproductive to leachate reduction. Create landfill plateaus that maximize run-off of leachate materials towards ditches. Additionally, try using soil that has low permeability in areas where you know that trash will rest for some time.
  • Use caps and covers: Geomembrane caps and covers over waste piles that will not be added to for some time is a good way to eliminate rainwater percolation into landfills.
  • Better leachate treatment: Of course leachate can never be completely eliminated in landfills. It is simply a cost of doing business when it comes to landfills. However, by modifying the pH in leachate its concentration can be reduced that it is not as hazardous. Activated sludge is another method of substantially reducing dissolved organic content. Both methods involve a commitment on the part of the landfill owner.
  • Roads: Create roads in order to minimize erosion during severe storms. These roads will help safely guide any run-off that occurs. landfill
  • Landfill management software: Leachate control starts at the top with management. Our software helps you to make important decisions regarding your landfill and that could affect the public.
  • Plantings: Plant sod or seeding around slopes. This will help to prevent soil erosion that can also act as a vehicle propelling dangerous, untreated liquids towards lakes and streams.

Finally, leachate generated from landfills is becoming a great threat to the surrounding environment and with public concern growing over the high concentrations of toxic substances that this can introduce into bodies of surface water, we must also be concerned. Our landfill GPS systems help people whose job it is to move earth and waste do so with greater safety, efficiency and economy. We specialize in GPS construction, earthmoving, grading and accuracy and can help your business become a responsible corporate citizen.


How Technology can Optimize Air space, Increase Compaction and Improve Landfill Management

The most valuable commodity and most vexing challenge a landfill owner faces is that of airspace. He/she must figure out how to leverage available airspace so that maximum density or compaction is achieved. In other words, reduce the amount of airspace currently being used by the facility and more debris can be stored in the space that is now freed. In this way the lifespan of a landfill can be increased by years. In this post we take a look at how landfill GPS systems and our other technologies can help decrease airspace and resolve other issues that are unique to landfills.

  • More accurate passes are possible: Better control over your compactors means that your crews will skip fewer passes. Further, using our GPS waste management systems mean that you will not under-work certain cells within your landfill. Thus, more accurate cell volume data will ultimately help you begin to decrease the amount of airspace your landfill currently occupies.
  • Helps worker remain safe: Being able to better manage your landfill helps you to set up avoidance zones which drivers can then steer clear of. With drivers being able to flag certain areas of your site you will avoid injuries, layoffs, loss of work, etc. All these can cost your company money.
  • Achieve improved density: With the GeoLogic Orion™ System is powered by GCS: Density, you can stop relying on the far less accurate operator judgment and get a precise gauge of compaction levels. This will help you optimize the available density and thus save airspace. As a bonus, our software will help guide operators in their passes saving them time and fuel which saves you money.

According to the Waste Business Journal, over the next four years only 15% of landfill capacity will remain. In some regions, the need to decrease landfill airspace for existing debris is even more urgent. Better airspace management helps you to make better decisions about your landfill. And as with nearly every other industry, the answer lies with the proper application of technology. Our software tools can help you make better and more profitable decisions. It can help you decrease on-site accidents by giving you and operators actionable data on the changing nature of your landfill. It isn’t just about the crews you hire and the compactors you use, it is also about how those crews are guided.