Working hard to enhance operations
We are consistently striving to make improvements at the Bethlehem Landfill. This means we don’t just meet the minimum requirements and regulations that govern our industry – we exceed them. It also means working to be a good neighbor, and we’ve taken measures to address concerns raised about the landfill. We even had a third-party firm, NCM Odor Control, visit the landfill to assess our operations.
Here is a list of projects we have planned for 2015:
- In 2015, we’re upgrading the gas collection by installing several additional gas extraction points within the landfill mass. This will capture and remove landfill gas. Also, five existing gas wells will have pumps installed to increase the gas production in those wells. The construction work is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
- All gas wellheads are routinely checked by the landfill gas operations and maintenance staff, and resealed if needed, to prevent the escape of landfill gas.
- It was determined we could further reduce odors by applying more soil to the site. As a result, approximately 10 to 15 acres of additional cover soil has been placed throughout the intermediate cover area to contain landfill emissions. Regulation requires us to place one foot of cover soil over the landfill when we’re finished working in that area. We are going above that one-foot requirement by placing two feet of soil cover throughout the intermediate areas.
- NCM will be installing approximately 1,000 feet of additional line sprayers in the second quarter of 2015 to the south and eastern section of the landfill to neutralize airborne landfill gas odors. This is in addition to the 1,200 feet that was installed in 2014.
- Approximately three acres of final capping will be installed in the third quarter of 2015 with a geosynthetic membrane.