Challenges in getting permits, increasing regulations and managing contaminants and environmental controls are some of the biggest challenges landfill operators face every day. Industry experts weigh in on best practices to manage these issues and remain in compliance.
“One of the greatest challenges is the permitting of these facilities,” says Brian McAllister, project manager III for Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC) based in Phoenix. “The general public continues to be opposed to having waste control facilities permitted in their neighborhoods. This has resulted in landfills being sited in locations that are a significant distances from population centers. As a result, the permitting of transfer stations close to population centers has increased.”
Increasing regulations also have created additional operational challenges for landfill operators. Leonard Joyce, president of Richmond, Va.-based Joyce Engineering, cites inexperienced and untrained regulatory compliance inspectors as the problem.