municipal solid waste

May 12, 2021


SCS Engineers is expanding its environmental expertise hiring Richard Southorn, PE and PG, as Project Director in the firm’s St. Charles, Illinois office. Richard is a Professional Engineer in 13 states and a Professional Geologist in Illinois and Delaware. He will support SCS clients with their coal combustion residual (CCR) and municipal solid waste projects, including facilities for composting and the safe management of hazardous wastes.

Richard D. Southorn, PE, PG, SCS Engineers-Chicago

As a Project Director, he runs teams providing comprehensive services ranging from construction plan development to full-scale design services. His client responsibilities include the coordination and supervision of the project teams made up of professional engineers, geologists, technicians, planners, and support staff.

Richard has expertise in developing site layouts and analyzing designs for multiple landfill facilities.  These designs fit within the comprehensive environmental services landfill operators need to manage these complex, integrated systems. Richard’s design approach for landfill infrastructure integrates the elements that all play a role in environmental due diligence, including the landfill base and final cover liner systems, leachate extraction and cleanout systems, landfill gas control systems, and stormwater management controls.

As a licensed Professional Geologist, Southorn also oversees geotechnical stability evaluations, stormwater modeling, and the design and evaluation of landfill gas systems that minimize greenhouse gases. He has overseen many hydrogeological investigations that characterize subsurface stratigraphy, hydrology and hydrogeology, protecting groundwater for safer and more efficient facilities.

As with all SCS Engineers employee-owners, Richard engages in industry associations and his community. Learn about Richard Southorn and how SCSs’ work protects all citizens

About SCS Engineers

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

June 8, 2017

One of the biggest challenges our industry faces is how to provide services with fewer resources. Our latest blog series Doing More With Less shares best practices and strategies that are working in the solid waste industry.

The latest statistical data from the City of Clearwater, Florida shows a 21% decrease in solid waste generation and an annual savings of $107,000 in tipping fees. Operational savings for the City achieved the projected $400,000 savings as forecasted in the SCS rate study.

Learn how Clearwater is doing more with less.




Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:04 am

May 2, 2017

Increased separation and segregation correlate to additional space needs in transfer stations. Given the move to automation in solid waste collections, it is reasonable to assume that the processing of MSW is going to move toward automation as well.

In his most recent article, Mike Kalish discusses some of the key considerations for the development, or redevelopment of transfer stations today.

Read the article

Mike Kalish, P.E., LEED AP, is a Vice President of SCS Engineers and SCS’s National Expert on Transfer Stations. He has been the Project Manager for major transfer station renovations and expansions in several states.



Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

November 2, 2015

landfill-webinar-scs-engineersOn Monday, October 27, 2015, the Solid Waste Association of North America–SWANA and the National Waste & Recycling Association– NWRA submitted joint comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency– EPA on the proposed revisions of the Emissions Guidelines– EG and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and to the supplemental proposal to the Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.

SCS Engineers has also submitted comments pertaining to the proposed EG and compliance revisions to the EPA. SCS leaders are involved in many outreach activities to help landfill owners and operators understand and prepare for the impact of the proposed modifications.

Contact SCS Engineers at for more information, or visit the SCS website for upcoming events and pertinent resources.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

October 14, 2015

Stay informed. Explore a variety of topics and expand your knowledge of what’s happening in solid waste management. Today’s SCS blog covers Safety, Privatization, Anaerobic Digestion, Coal Combustion Residuals in MSWLFs, and the International Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Click the article or presentation title to read more.

worker-safety-waste-collection-scs-engineersWorker Safety in Solid Waste Collection SWANA has expanded the quality and quantity of safety education programs to its members and to the industry. Marc J. Rogoff, Ph.D., Project Director, SCS Engineers and David Biderman, Executive Director, SWANA write about these new and expanding safety programs. 




Is Privatization the Answer? You need to consider several factors before making the decision for solid waste services. The decision by a governmental agency to perform solid waste services or to outsource them (privatizing) is complex and should consider costs and the major factors discussed in this MSW Management article by Marc Rogoff, Karl Moyers, Michelle Leonard, and Robert Gardner.



Food-Waste-CompostingAnaerobic Digestion Post-consumer Food Scraps Presentation This presentation is an introduction to anaerobic digestion technologies and processes. The presentation covers the operational, construction, and permitting of facilities. What are the technical and financial considerations? Find out in this excellent guide co-authored by Greg McCarron.




SCS participates in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and six countries including the United States.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) SCS will participate in the CCAC’s initiative to mitigate Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from the Municipal Solid Waste sector. Read more about this international coalition to get involved.




Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Coal Combustion Residuals Municipal solid waste landfills can safely manage CCR from coal-burning electric utilities, and changing regulations may increase the market for off-site disposal of CCR. But landfills should accept CCR only after adjusting their procedures to reflect the special characteristics of CCR materials. What do you need to know? Find out in this article by Mike McLaughlin member of the ABA, SEER Waste and Resource Recovery Committee.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am