For the past few months, Bernalillo, N.M.-based Gordon Environmental/PSC has been using a drone to capture aerial photos of landfills and other solid waste management sites across the State of New Mexico and the entire Southwest.
The photos help the South Central Solid Waste Authority, which commissions the use of the drone, look at the overall construction process of a new solid waste transfer station that will soon accept recycling, garbage and household hazardous waste from Chaparral residents and nearby communities.
Officials in Boise, Idaho, are also making use of drones to collect high-resolution, 2-D images of its landfill on a more consistent basis.
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Charles Fiedler, P.E., Leed AP, stands on the site of the under-construction Chaparral Waste and Recycling Center doing a pre-flight check of a camera-equipped drone.
It’s a crisp, bright morning and a breeze is blowing at 8-10 mph. If the breeze becomes stronger, it could become a problem for the drone. So it’s important to get set up and move quickly with the project.
Fiedler is listening to a hand-held aviation radio tuned to the El Paso International Airport air traffic control to listen continuously to air traffic reports and weather. “The drone has to fly below 400 feet,” explains Fiedler. “We must avoid any air traffic; we cannot impact air space.”