The challenge: Landfill operators must cover their daily intake of refuse to prevent wind blown litter, vector infestation, fires and odor problems. Operators who use soil for daily cover reduce the c...
The challenge: Landfill operators must cover their daily intake of refuse to prevent wind blown litter, vector infestation, fires and odor problems. Operators who use soil for daily cover reduce the capacity of the landfill over time. Alternative daily covers such as tarps are popular for this reason, but manual daily deployment and retrieval of tarps is difficult and discouraging.
That’s where Tarpomatic Inc. of Canton, Ohio comes in. The family-owned business manufactures the Automatic Tarping Machine (ATM), which earned the 1997 Innovation of the Year award from Case Western Reserve. To date, over 180 Tarpomatic ATMs have been sold.
The ATM is a self-contained unit with spools that allows different kinds of earthmoving equipment to hydraulically roll out and roll up various sizes of tarps. ATMs are custom-fitted to be lifted and transported by the blade of a dozer. A hydraulic drive motor and engaging system winds and unwinds the spool at variable speeds. A single ATM unit can handle multiple spools.
Operators use the equipment safely from inside the cab of the landfill equipment via wireless remote control. In contrast to the several pieces of equipment and hours required to spread soil, a Tarpomatic ATM can cover a 12,00 ft2 working area in moments.
The company says a number of features differentiate the Tarpomatic ATM from its competition, the most important being cost.
“Many of our competitors have their customers sign long term contracts for recurring material costs that are necessary with their method of ADC,” says sales manager David Collinsworth, adding that tarps on average last between 18-24 months before needing replacement.
The company is currently working with an odor control company to enhance the equipment with the ability to directly spray a biodegradable, pleasantly scented odor control solution directly on the waste during the deployment and retrieval of the tarps.