Tag: landfill gas management

Because gases produced by landfills are both valuable and sometimes even hazardous, monitoring techniques have been developed. Flame ionization detectors can be used to measure methane levels as well as total VOC levels. Surface monitoring and sub-surface monitoring as well as monitoring of the ambient air is carried out. In the U.S., under the Clean Air Act of 1996, it is required that many large landfills install gas collection and control systems, which means that at the very least the facilities must collect and flare the gas.

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

As authors Daryl R. O’Dell and Matthew Beebe describe in Part 3 of this concluding series, odor-causing compounds in high concentrations-whether insufficiently controlled through landfill design or standard operations procedures-might require modifications to existing landfill design elements; installation of gas treatment systems, as well as changes to standard operating procedures

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

As authors Daryl R. O’Dell and Matthew Beebe describe in Part 3 of this concluding series, odor-causing compounds in high concentrations—whether insufficiently controlled through landfill design or standard operations procedures—might require modifications to existing landfill design elements, installation of gas treatment systems, and changes to standard operating procedures in order to

And Then There Was Odor

And Then There Was Odor

Dealing with odor at solid waste facilities is a fact of life. Many regulations and standard operating procedures have been written focusing on avoiding landfill odor. Even with these precautionary measures, we still hear news reports of community outrage when landfill odor is not managed properly. Questions are raised about

SWANApalooza Lives Up to Its Name

SWANApalooza is the name that we gave our spring mega event that was held on March 24-27 in Monterey, California. Nearly 800 attendees, including 82 new SWANA members, attended the consolidated Landfill Management and Landfill Gas Symposia, the Road to Zero Waste Conference or one of the eight training courses

Time, Money, and the Frugal Landfill Operator

Time, Money, and the Frugal Landfill Operator

Nobody has to tell a landfill operator how to be industrious. Hard work and long hours come with the job, a job that includes everything from balancing the books to personally operating heavy equipment, to meeting with an often hostile public and even to helping to pick up blow litter

Through the Years: Moments of Decision

In 1962, six sanitation workers in southern California incorporated an effort to share information on solid waste practices, notably safety. They called it the Governmental Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (GRCDA). There was no thought at the time of creating chapters. But word of its existence caught on and its

LFG and the Future of Landfill Management

LFG and the Future of Landfill Management

Polishing up my crystal ball and peering into the future, as well as looking over my shoulder at the history of this industry, I’m reminded that this is a relatively young industry compared with most-we’ve really only been part of the solid waste landscape since the 1970s. The pioneering days

Landfills, Maintenance, and Success

If there is one idea that a landfill operator has to keep in mind, it is the fact that maintenance and repair are two different things entirely. Maintenance is what is done to prevent having to perform repairs. Maintenance is performed at regular planned intervals. Repair is unscheduled and performed

SWANA’S 34th Annual Landfill Gas Symposium

Join SWANA’s Landfill Gas Management Technical Division in Dallas as it hosts the 34th Annual Landfill Gas Symposium March 21–24, 2011. Known for being the leading forum on landfill gas utilization and technology, the symposium brings together landfill gas experts from around the country. With a combination of training courses,

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