Roadmap to an Environmental Sample - Collection to Reporting Mini-Technical Seminar
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 @ 10:00am
Hampton Inn Altoona
180 Charlotte Drive
Altoona, PA 16601
Lunch will be followed by a tour of the Pace Altoona laboratory.
Join Pace Analytical Services, LLC for a mini-technical seminar to learn about the life of an environmental water sample from collection to reporting. Erika Bechdel, Pace Account Executive, will discuss the best practices for environmental sampling, the importance of submitting a complete chain of custody, sample acceptance at the laboratory, sample extraction, analysis, and data review, and what Quality Control means for your data.
A networking lunch will be provided prior to a tour of Pace Altoona laboratory. Tour participants must wear closed-toe shoes and will be provided with the necessary safety equipment at the laboratory.
Maximum of 20 attendees.
Laboratory location: Pace Altoona, 2019 9th Ave, Altoona, PA 16603
Hosted by Pace Analytical
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 @ 10:00am
4350 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
Lunch will be followed by a site visit and demonstration of groundwater well sampling at Waste Management's Valley Landfill.
Presenting on PADEP Groundwater Regulations related to disposal facilities, and proper procedures for collecting groundwater and surface water samples.
Tour participants will need safety-toed shoes, safety glasses, and hi-viz vests for the demonstration at the landfill.
Maximum of 15 attendees.
Young Professionals: $15
Organized by Keystone SWANA Young Professionals Committee
Hosted by Civil & Environmental Consultants
Leachate Reduction Using Duraskrim Liner
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 10:00am
Delaware County Solid Waste Authority
Rolling Hills Landfill Facility
583 Longview Road
Boyertown, PA 19512
The Rolling Hills Landfill is undergoing a vertical expansion project that will extend the life the of landfill by nearly 17 years at current disposal rates. In August 2021, DCSWA received approval to begin construction of the Southern Area Expansion. The first phase included a 1,400 linear foot access road and 14-acre disposal cell. Construction of the access road was completed in December 2021 with final PADEP certification for the Phase 1 disposal cell in December 2022.
Due to the large size of the cell, and limited options for reducing the cell size while providing sufficient airspace for operations, BAI Group evaluated options to find ways to minimize leachate generation while providing the Landfill with operational flexibility. Based on the options and subsequent bid prices, DCSWA elected to install a 4-acre rain cover comprised of a 12 mil Duraskrim liner with Wind Defender to reduce leachate generation, provide UV protective for the underlying geotextile, and offer the Authority options to remove portions of the cover as waste filling dictated while still being able to divert stormwater.
BAI Group, DCSWA, Wind Defender, and Chenango Contracting Inc. personnel provided an overview of the project, Wind Defender and Duraskrim products, and installation. Orientation was at the landfill administration office followed by a vehicle tour of Southern Area Expansion.
GPS Technology at the Lanchester Landfill Mini-Technical Seminar
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 @ 10:00am
7224 Division Highway
Narvon, PA 17555
A mini-technical seminar in partnership with SITECH Allegheny, where we discussed the integration of GPS technology in operations at the Lanchester Landfill and Reclamation Center. We explored the benefits of GPS technology in improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, and enhancing safety in landfill operations and maintenance.
Our presenters shared real-world applications offering practical insights and solutions for landfill construction, landfill settlement analysis, and regulatory monitoring. Examples included workflows from backend engineering design to frontend operator experiences.
Hosted by Chester County Solid Waste Authority
York County Resource Recovery Center Waste-to-Energy Facility Tour Mini-Technical Seminar
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 @ 10:00am
York County Solid Waste Authority Education Center
2700 Black Bridge Road
York, PA 17406
An orientation session in the Education Center was followed by a walking tour of main areas of the waste-to-energy facility. Tour stops included a visit to the Tipping Floor, the Turbine Generator Room and a mock Control Room. A networking lunch followed.
The York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC) is a waste-to-energy facility that converts municipal solid waste into ash and produces electricity. All of York County combustible household waste is managed at this facility. The YCRRC has been in operation since 1989. The YCRRC operates 24-hours a day, every day of the year and is designed to process 1,344 tons of waste per day.
The electricity generated by the facility is sold into the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) grid. Under PA legislation, the YCRRC is designated as a tier II source of alternative energy. This means alternative fuel (garbage)–not a form of fossil fuel–is used in the production of electricity.
Hosted by York County Solid Waste Authority
LCSWMA's Frey Farm Landfill Projects Mini-Technical Seminar
Frey Farm Landfill
3049 River Road
Conestoga, PA 17516
The Frey Farm Landfill looks very different than it did a few short years ago. The landfill is undergoing a vertical expansion project that will extend the life of the landfill by nearly 20 years. The second phase of the project is well underway and includes a 60-foot (at its highest point) by 1,600-foot MSE Berm. The total MSE Berm length for all three stages will be approximately one mile and include 9 acres of new lined area!
LCSWMA launched a visual landscape synthesis plan to help the landfill blend into the surrounding landscape. More than 500 trees and shrubs have been planted on completed portions of the landfill, along with allowing natural succession to occur. The initiative eliminates the need to regularly mow and reduces the terrace look and feel commonly associated with landfills. The project offers a variety of texture and natural color, as well as serves as a habitat for a whole host of animals, insects, and bird species.
In order to reduce landfill consumption and recover additional metal content in LCSWMA’s two waste-to-energy (WTE) facility ash streams, LCSWMA entered into a long-term contract with Blue Phoenix INASHCO Group to site a metals recovery facility (MRF). While LCSWMA’s WTE facilities currently use in-line metal recovery systems, only larger metals are removed. INASHCO offers an advanced metals recovery system to remove pebble-sized metals present in the ash. This includes both ferrous (iron) and non-ferrous (aluminum, copper, brass, zinc, gold, silver, etc.) metals. The MRF is now in full operation and recovers approximately 7,000 tons of metals each year.
Hosted by Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Leachate Treatment for NPDES Discharge Mini-Technical Seminar
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @10am
7224 Division Highway
Narvon, PA 17555
Presentation and a walking tour of the leachate treatment system followed by lunch and Q&A.
In early 2021, the Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) commissioned a new leachate treatment system. This Mini-Technical Seminar included presentations by the operator, engineer, and equipment vendor on the project followed by a walking tour of the facility.
After multiple public bids that did not provide responsive offerings, Chester County Solid Waste Authority awarded a sole source contract for the design, permitting and equipment provision of a reverse osmosis leachate treatment system for the Lanchester Landfill. The system started operation in May of 2021, 12 months after award of the bid.
The new leachate treatment system offers almost twice the capacity of the system originally bid while offering better economics, especially in the provision of a lower volume of residual. The new leachate treatment system replaced an older, smaller leachate treatment system that was aging with maintenance and operating problems resulting in hauling leachate to offsite disposal outlets.
The project was awarded to Rochem Americas, Inc, who brought in Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) to help with permitting and installation design in the existing leachate treatment building. The project consisted of submittal and approval of a Water Quality Management Application to the PADEP, electrical and mechanical installation bid packages, installation bid review, and installation QA/QC.
Rochem supplied the Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment skids and auxiliary tanks and process equipment. The modular design of the system allowed the arrangement to fit within the existing treatment building constraints, without the need for major structural modifications. Rochem also provided installation oversight, system commissioning, and operator training.
In the first 6 months of operation the system has discharged over 3,000,000 gallons of effluent under the CCSWA NPDES permit.
Millfair Compost and Recycling Center Mini-Technical Seminar
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @10am
Millfair Compost and Recycling Center
2301 Millfair Road
Erie, PA 16506
The Millfair Compost and Recycling Center is an inter-municipal effort between Millcreek and Fairview Townships (Erie County) that is located on the border of the two municipalities. The 5-acre composting facility has been open since 2004 and receives approximately 25,000 visitors each year.
Utilizing windrow-style composting methods, this facility accepts 1,500 tons of leaf waste and 5,000 tons of yard waste annually. The organic waste is processed into high quality compost and mulch products, which is then made available for sale back to residents, landscapers, and businesses of the community.
Composting leaf and yard waste is one small way communities can conserve natural resources and close the loop on recycling organics.
Solar Panels, ClosureTurf, and Roadway Reclamation (Oh My!) Mini-Technical Seminar
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @10am
7224 Division Hwy
Narvon, PA 17555
Chester County Solid Waste Authority recently completed several innovative projects which will be presented:
Solar Panels: Panels were installed on top of the closed and capped Mountain Top Landfill, an unlined quarry fill. Once connected, the panels will produce 431.5 KW DC or 300 KW AC.
ClosureTurf: Construction was recently completed on an 8-acre section of ClosureTurf, the third ClosureTurf installation at the facility. ClosureTurf is a three-component final cover system comprised of a structured geomembrane, an engineered turf, and a specialized sand infill. Use of this final cover system eliminates the layer of final cover soils necessary above geosynthetics.
Roadway Reclamation: The main haul road through the landfill was reclaimed by milling down 15 inches while mixing in 7% by volume Portland Cement followed by a double asphalt chip seal. The process greatly reduces maintenance compared to a typical gravel roadway. The project also included radar investigation to find stormwater piping under the road and vacuum-truck cleaning of a 36-inch storm drain.
Natural Aquatic Life Treatment System Mini-Technical Seminar
Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
1610 Russell Road
Lebanon, PA 17046
The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority has become a role model landfill because of its innovative natural wetland treatment system. Located on GLRA property is a series of 14 ponds that are used to treat leachate from an unlined area of the landfill. Vegetation around these ponds, cattails and water lilies, thrive on the nutrients in leachate and purify the water as it slowly flows through the pond system.
Eric Wiediger from Leachate Management Specialists (LMS) introduced natural systems for handling leachate, including phyto technologies with plants and trees, enhanced evaporation utilizing wind and salt-loving microbes, and constructed wetlands. Natural systems strategically take advantage of natural processes such as solar radiation, evaporation, evapotranspiration, wind, plants, and biological activity to treat and eliminate liquid waste.
Presentation was followed by a tour of the Natural Aquatic Life Treatment System at GLRA, a series of 14 ponds that are used to treat leachate from an unlined area of the landfill. Networking lunch followed the tour.
Hosted by Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
1610 Russell Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046
Ron DuPerow from Humdinger Equipment discussed how a 4-wheel landfill compactor compares to a full-width twin-drum landfill compactor regarding compaction density and operating costs. The presentation was followed by a demonstration of the Tana E-series landfill compactor which is in use at the GLRA Landfill.
Hosted by Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
Located in York County, PA, Penn Waste’s innovative single-stream recycling center is the foundation of the company’s commitment to waste less and preserve more. In 2018, more than 180,000 tons of recyclable materials, including cardboard, cartons, plastic, glass, metal cans and newspaper, passed through Penn Waste’s 96,000 square-foot recycling center on their way to being recycled, repurposed and reused. The facility was originally built in 2015 and has undergone several upgrades over the last 4 years. Most recently, Penn Waste added “MAX,” a robot which uses artificial intelligence to improve the recycling process.
Penn Waste was named the winner of the 2018 SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Recycle Systems category. Click here to read more about it.
Attendees toured the new CNG Fueling Station located at Seneca Landfill in Evans City, PA. Owned and operated by the Vogel Family who has been in business for over 60 years. They are the first company in Pennsylvania to capture the landfill gas that they generate, refine it into natural gas, and then compress it into CNG fuel used by the same vehicles that collect the waste deposited at Seneca Landfill.
Attendees learned about additional steps Vogel is taking to expand the use of its biofuel by turning it into a mobile pipeline. This project promotes the utilization of alternative renewable fuels (landfill derived biogas) instead of conventional diesel fuel to power a fleet of garbage vehicles and reduce the reliance on foreign and domestic oil. Compared to diesel, renewable natural gas has 27% lower carbon dioxide emissions, 80% lower greenhouse gas emissions, and 95% lower NOx emissions.
Also on this tour, attendees learned about Seneca's High BTU Landfill Gas processing plant that currently converts 2,200 scfm of landfill gas into 1,200 MCF of Natural Gas. This gas is distributed to the new CNG Fueling Station with the remaining natural gas being injected into the Peoples Gas pipeline, approximately 2 miles away.
Seneca Landfill, Inc.
421 Hartmann Road
Evans City, PA 16033
March 21, 2019 - Foamed Glass Aggregates Mini-Tech & Facility Tour
Topics included the development, manufacturing, applications, physical properties and case studies for foamed glass aggregates.
AeroAggregates is in Eddystone, PA, on the former site of the Baldwin Locomotive Company. The Baldwin Company produced over 70,000 steam locomotives throughout their history which are in use around the world. Today, the facility is a vertically integrated producer of ultra-lightweight aggregates produced from 100% curbside collected glass cullet.
Foamed glass aggregates were originally produced in Scandinavia during the early 1990’s for use as a thermal barrier in road construction. Due to their very low bulk unit weight (8-15pcf), their applications have grown throughout the civil engineering market. Today foamed glass aggregates are used as lightweight fill on highways, bridge abutments, retaining walls, and green roofs. Other applications include backfill of foundations for drainage, insulation (prevention of frost heave) and reduction of lateral loads.
Foamed glass aggregates are produced from 100% post-consumer recycled glass. The material is inert and not effected by harsh chemicals or hydrocarbons.
AeroAggregates is currently supplying several large DOT projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
November 1, 2018 - Lancaster County SWMA Waste-to-Energy Tour
Attendees toured the 1,200 ton-per-day (TPD) Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Conoy Township. Owned by the Lancaster Solid Waste Management Association (LCSWMA) and operated by Covanta, this 36MW facility processes around 400,000 tons of waste annually.
Also on this tour, they learned about LCSWMA’s collaboration with Perdue Agribusiness. LCSWMA provides 15–20% of the steam from the Lancaster WTE Facility to Perdue’s adjacent soybean processing facility.
This unique partnership assists Perdue with reducing its environmental footprint and lowering emissions, thus making it the most highly efficient, technologically advanced, and environmentally sound soybean processing plants in the country.