Managing Your Solid Waste System After a Natural Disaster
Natural disasters – fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes – impact every aspect of society. From loss of life, destroyed property, and disruption of basic services, every aspect of a community is impacted, including solid waste systems. Disasters and disaster debris can impact the entire system, from collections, recycling, green waste processing, transfer stations, and finally to the actual landfill itself.
Case Study: Butte County, California
Could your landfill handle a 2,000% increase in tonnage like the Neal Road Landfill did? Could your transfer station handle a 50% decrease in staffing like many facilities experienced due to COVID-19?
Our team has 75+ years of experience in operational planning and support. Here is how we can help:
- Assessment of current site operations and capabilities
- Immediate topo mapping using survey quality drone flights to give an accurate starting point for planning
- Calculate site capacity and timelines based on potential fill rates and develop detailed fill sequence plans to show how waste will be placed based on projected tonnage increases
- Identification of alternate temporary facility locations
- Temporary traffic flow planning based on projected increases
- On-site training of current and new crews that will be required to handle the increase in landfilled material
- Assistance with public meetings through media creation so everyone has a clear picture of where things are and where they will be going regarding airspace consumption
Author Bio: Jason Todaro, Solid Waste Operations Consultant, 20+ years’ experience varied heavy construction, utility, and solid waste industries, on-site training.