Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill operators are required to cover the landfill waste with at least six inches of daily cover to prevent odors, fires and other issues. For years, clay and soil were predominantly utilized as an effective cover, but more recently, operators have looked to alternative materials for daily landfill covers.
Waste360 recently sat down with two executives from Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC) based in Pittsburgh, Pa., to discuss today’s most popular landfill covers and the benefits and challenges operators face in choosing an appropriate material.
CEC provides comprehensive market-oriented consulting services for the solid waste industry. Eric Chiado, is the vice president and head of CEC’s corporate waste management practice, and is based in Export, Pa. Anthony Eith, is the vice president and head of CEC’s Philadelphia, Pa. office.