The city of Sioux Falls, S.D., has increased airspace utilization for its regional landfill by nearly 300 pounds per cubic yard.
In collaboration with civil engineers from Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City, Mo., the city has documented the landfill’s airspace utilization factor for more than 15 years and has improved its airspace utilization factor through the following strategic operations:
- Soil management
- Strategic fill plan and operations
Waste Today reports that before implementing those operations, “the landfill’s airspace utilization factor typically had been 1,200 to 1,300 pounds per cubic yard, which was in line with typical waste densities for municipal solid waste landfills. However, through the implementation of these strategic operational practices, the landfill’s airspace utilization factor has steadily increased to nearly 1,500 pounds per cubic yard.”
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For centuries, solid waste has been generated from residential, industrial and commercial activities in communities across the globe. To keep cities and towns clean as well as protect the environment and people’s health, planning a successful municipal solid waste program is important for driving sustainability.
Like many communities around the world, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has taken proactive measures to develop a sustainable municipal solid waste program. With the city’s Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill receiving more than 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste and more than 90,000 tons of construction and debris annually, leaders have taken a collaborative approach to improving the landfill’s airspace utilization.