Land Preserve adopts new alternative daily covers

DAVE GORGON

To help eliminate blowing dust and debris, odors and nuisance birds, the Riverview Land Preserve (RLP) has adopted two new alternative daily cover (ADC) systems as part of the daily maintenance of the 211-acre solid waste disposal area.

ADC is material that is placed on the active face of a solid waste landfill at the end of each operating day. The two cover systems are durable tarps and biodegradable foam.

“At RLP, we’re always looking for ways to improve and operate the finest modern-day landfill possible,” said Jeff Dobek, city of Riverview’s assistant city manager and land preserve director.

“We are committed to local residents, customers and our community partners to provide high-quality service while protecting environmental resources,” he said. “These new daily cover methods will minimize negative impacts on local residents by getting rid of most dust and scavenger birds.”

Since winter, Dobek has been spearheading capital improvements related to landfill processes, including the cover methods and vital equipment such as the Liebherr Bulldozer to support operations in 2020 and beyond.

For years, city officials said, RLP has effectively and resourcefully used dirt, shredded recycled tires and wood chips as daily cover. However, cutting-edge ADCs have many benefits, such as:

● Minimizing truck emissions, blowing dust and debris, smells and nuisance birds.

● Eliminating traditional daily cover costs.

● Lowering daily cover cost expenses for the city.

● Utilizing less valuable space in the landfill.

Kevin Sisk, the lead operator at the land preserve, supervises a team of 14 operators who are responsible for daily cover.

“The traditional daily cover process used to involve multiple trucks of cover material like wood chips and required an all-day operation,” Sisk said, “but with the new tarp and foam methods, I’ve been able to cut down to one truck for 30 minutes. That’s an incredible efficiency and use of taxpayer dollars if you ask me.”

ADC tarp coverings are 30 feet by 107 feet, providing up to 12,000 square feet of covered space. The durable tarps can be deployed and retrieved on traversable slopes in less than 20 minutes by one operator.

ADC foam is a non-hardening, protein-based daily cover product deployed from a self-propelled single-operator vehicle. Approved by the state of Michigan ADC foam is biodegradable and is no threat to groundwater or workers, officials said.

“The tarps and foam create a safer work environment, reduce waste, maximize the life of the landfill and improve profitability,” Sisk said. “Our workers have found great success with the new ADC. We’re able to deliver a better result and be more proficient with our time at RLP.”


About Riverview Land Preserve

The RLP is a Michigan-based licensed, Type II (non-hazardous) solid waste landfill facility, owned and operated by the city of Riverview since 1968. The facility design and operation exceed both state and federal regulations, making it possible to manage a variety of non-hazardous solid wastes in an environmentally responsible manner.

Land preserve facilities and services have been designed to meet the needs of municipal, commercial and industrial clients. Officials said the RLP is an important regional resource that served the Downriver communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.

To learn more about the RLP, visit the website riverviewlandpreserve.com.

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