Despite recycling and Zero Waste initiatives across the county, the volume of waste generated hasn’t decreased to the point where we see reduced demand on airspace or an offset in the growing costs of proper disposal. So WASTE and LANDFILLS are a certainly for the foreseeable future. Zero Waste initiatives – where, ideally, 100% [...]
Although many environmental organizations state or are under the impression that they are utilizing Best Use Practices, but in reality, they are not. The debate over landfills and landfill expansions has gone on for decades and will continue well into the future. The opponents argue that landfills are unsafe, unhealthy and a public nuisance [...]
Improper labels can hamper the best solutions and could force Utilities into a Micro approach to a Macro problem. In public debate over the best disposition of legacy coal ash (CCR), the phrase “unencapsulated beneficial use” is used. However, “unencapsulated” solutions, such as mixing loose CCR into soil or spreading large quantities as fill [...]
“1 + 1 = 3” is a concept of obtaining greater success by solving two traditional environmental problems at the same time, the combination results in higher success than individual projects. For example, expanding a landfill by building an eMSE berm utilizing beneficial use fill from a remediation project. Project 1: Expansion + Project 2: [...]
It takes a village to solve the looming CCR storage issue. In all discussions of coal ash disposition — either through beneficial reuse or keeping it intact but contained — the overriding concern is safety. The cap-in-place solution has been solidly debunked from a safety standpoint. The market for beneficial use of coal ash [...]
It is all about BUILDING safe, adequate, and economical STORAGE. There is too much coal ash and not enough existing space (landfills) to properly store this waste. Utilities must develop different approaches to comply with ever-changing regulations. Now is the time to find relief to this issue; time is wasting away. Beneficiation has provided some [...]
It is all about STORAGE.A simple analogy, coal ash storage is like trying to organize your closet in an endless battle to fit ever more stuff into little space. However, unlike your closet problem utility companies cannot get rid of those unneeded belongings (coal ash), or sign on the dotted line for storage-unit lease (landfills).OUR [...]
If we were forced to pick a time when stakeholders started paying attention coal ash residue it would be the TVA Coal Ash Spill in December 2008. Coal ash was always a waste, we just didn’t notice that the Utilities were not storing it correctly until then. This past December marks the 13th year anniversary [...]
WasteAdvantage magazine recently published an article composed by John P. Swenson. The article, "How to Lead in Landfill Design” explains the paradigm shift necessary in any landfill expansion by eMSE berm implementation. Click to read the full article.
Magazine article; “Why You Should Consider Including Encapsulated Mechanically Stabilized Earthen (eMSE) Berms in Landfill Expansions”
WasteAdvantage magazine recently published an article composed by John P. Swenson and Jeff Crate. The article, "Why You Should Consider Including Encapsulated Mechanically Stabilized Earthen (eMSE) Berms in Landfill Expansions” explains best practices in any landfill expansion by eMSE berm implementation. Click to read the full article.