SCS Advice from the Field: Landfill Designers Play an Important Role in Landfill Safety

January 21, 2019

Today’s landfill design professionals can help eliminate unsafe configurations and institute features that can proactively warn of and minimize hazards for operator and customer safety. Designers consider subgrade conditions, geotechnical factors and regulatory requirements when specifying how steep a landfill may be constructed.

The practical aspects of landfill operations and maintenance play a significant role in slope configurations since the landfill must provide safe access to monitoring points, environmental control features, and mowing.

Bob Gardner highlights the most important features to consider for landfill cells, including the design and construction phases of the entire landfill’s infrastructure. Bob covers a broad range of topics including:

  • State regulations
  • Site monitoring
  • Signage
  • Site access and traffic considerations
  • Citizen convenience centers

Many states regulate the maximum design slope, and although these vary, it is up to the landfill designer to take practical, safety and regulatory considerations into account when establishing the slope configuration. Bob recommends working closely with the field staff to incorporate a design that is user-friendly, effective and safe.

Read the WasteToday article “Ensuring safety during landfill design,” by clicking here.

About the Author: Bob Gardner, PE, BCEE

 

 

 

 

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