landfill laser bird control

SWANA Evergreen Technical Session on Lasers and Satellite Landfill Technologies

June 22, 2021

The Washington Evergreen Chapter of SWANA is hosting a virtual Technical Session on June 22 about “Lasers and Satellites: An Update on Landfill Working Face Technologies.”

SCS Engineers Project Director, Dr. Shane Latimer, will discuss “Using Laser Technology to Control Birds at Landfills: Preliminary Results at a Southern Oregon Landfill”.  Large aggregations of birds, especially starlings, gulls, and crows, can present economic, regulatory, and aesthetic challenges wherever they occur. Dr. Latimer’s presentation covers the use of lasers for solid waste applications, mainly for deterring birds from using landfills for feeding and loafing. The regulatory driver for reducing bird presence at landfills in Oregon is usually the need to reduce E. coli counts in stormwater. Here, SCS used laser units specifically designed for bird control at a landfill with promising results; most birds leave the site within a few hours of activating the laser.

The collection of daily bird presence data by landfill staff for over a year is also helping to determine the laser installation’s short- and long-term effects. SCS will discuss the technology, safety, methodology, science, applications to the solid waste industry, and ongoing results and challenges of the landfill laser installation at the next SWANA NW Symposium.

Shane Latimer, Ph.D., CES, SCS Engineers

Shane Latimer is an environmental planner, ecologist, and toxicologist with over 30 years of experience in environmental assessment, planning, permitting, implementation, and compliance; 24 years in the solid waste industry. His specialty is developing projects that challenge the interface between the built and natural environments, such as solid waste facilities, oil and gas infrastructure, mines, sewage treatment facilities, and similar developments. These projects often require careful assessments of alternatives, impacts, and opportunities to successfully navigate the applicable public regulatory processes (e.g., NEPA, local land use, etc.) and ensure environmental integrity.


Additional presentations during the technical session will include “Technology Trends: Available Mapping Technologies to Support Solid Waste Management” and “GPS Usage on Compactors and Dozers at Roosevelt University.”

The event is sponsored by Parametrix and Republic Services.

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 1:30 pm