New Riverview Land Preserve equipment makes its debut

Members of Riverview Cub Scout Pack 1659 stand in from the the Riverview Land Preserve’s new equipment. Photo by Dave Gorgon

Dave Gorgon

A massive new refuse compactor has debuted at the Riverview Land Preserve and city officials are excited to show off the equipment to the public.

Members of Riverview Cub Scout Pack 1659 recently received an up-close look at the 123,000-pound BOMAG Refuse Compactor during a tour of the city’s solid waste landfill facility, located at 20863 Grange. The equipment was put into use on the nearby hill, compacting waste materials with its 576-horsepower turbo diesel engine and 17-foot dozer blade.

The facility’s purpose and community’s recycling program were explained to the Scouts by Assistant City Manager Jeff Dobek and other team members. Dobek is spearheading other capital investments in equipment at the Riverview Land Preserve (RLP), including a Liebherr Loader and Liebherr Bulldozer to support operations in 2020 and beyond.

Dobek said the Land Preserve takes in 3,000 tons of refuse daily. Each of the two compactors in use process 1,500 tons.

“Having the Scouts and other school groups come to the RLP is really exciting,” Dobek said. “They have unique up-close experiences while learning about recycling and managing waste. I love helping people understand the operations, infrastructure and true engineering marvels of a modern-day landfill.”

The Riverview Land Preserve is a Michigan licensed solid waste landfill facility that has been owned and operated by the city since 1968. City officials said the facility design and operation meet or exceed federal Subtitle D and State of Michigan regulations, making it possible to manage a variety of non-hazardous solid wastes in an environmentally responsible manner.

Riverview’s facilities and services are designed to meet the customized needs of municipal, residential, commercial and industrial clients, including secure disposal, recycling or reuse of residential, construction, demolition, commercial and special wastes. Officials said the Land Preserve also officers the following benefits to Riverview and the surrounding communities:

  • Secure disposal of household, industrial and commercial solid waste.
  • Greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Compressed natural gas (CNG) pump station. Current price is $2 per gallon.
  • Clean electricity produced from landfill gas.
  • Convenient drop-off; load docks with multiple waste dumpsters.
  • Utility and industry working with the community.
  • On-site recycling.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The facility is closed on Sundays.

Joining Dobek for the Scouts’ tour was Mayor Andrew Swift, City Manager Douglas Drysdale and Environmental Engineer Jennifer Boyer. Dobek said Boyer talked about the importance of recycling and other topics.

“It was great having the Scouts show interest in not only the large dozers at the preserve but also the recycling that happens there, too,” Mayor Swift said. “The Scouts were amazed to learn about the many different species of animals that make the preserve their home.”

Dobek said it’s important to keep the public informed about the Land Preserve, which he called a “regional resource.”

“We’re trying to show what a modern-day landfill is all about,” he said. “We hope to do more to educate groups and neighboring communities about how it really works… We serve 16 communities.”

Much more information – including a list of recyclable materials – can be found on the website To schedule a group tour, call the main office during business hours at (734) 281-4263, Extension 5928.

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