June 23, 2016
Environmental consulting and contracting firm SCS Engineers and Page County, Va., have joined forces to preserve and improve the environmental beauty of the State of Virginia. The primary focus of this partnership is to maintain proper landfill and solid waste management, which helps protect the environment and control costs.
The duo began their partnership in 2002 and continues to protect the state’s environment with beneficial planning, construction, environmental monitoring and operations services.
“Page County is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, and we intend to keep it that way for our citizens and for the many people who come to this part of Virginia – we’re a retreat from concrete and noise; beautiful, clean and friendly,” said Page County Director of Solid Waste and Recycling Lynda Minke in a press release.
In an effort to meet the landfill and recycling needs of local communities, SCS provides ecofriendly services like studies, models and analysis. SCS has also created a proforma financial model of Page County’s municipal solid waste landfill operations to help the county evaluate the feasibility of operating the Battle Creek Landfill. This model allows the county to forecast capital and operational expenses, establish sufficient tipping fees to fund the county’s solid waste operations, track current and future expenses and establish appropriate tipping fees to fund waste programs for the future.
In addition to developing the county’s operations model, SCS has redesigned and prepared construction plans and managed the landfill’s Construction Quality Assurance to increase capacity. SCS also works with the county to manage the ongoing gas operations, monitoring and maintenance duties for the Stanley Landfill, which is officially closed down.
Those who reside in Page County reap the benefits of this partnership’s waste and recycling efforts because they are provided with free disposal of residential bagged waste at Battle Creek Landfill. The county also offers residents access to two drop-off facilities to dispose of tires, construction debris and sludge materials as well as an option to participate in a recycling program that accepts plastics, electronics, cardboard and paper, metal, appliances, glass and ceramics and aluminum cans.
“Financially and logistically, solid waste management is a challenge,” said Page County Administrator Amity Moler in a statement. “Even with good management most municipalities and counties do not provide free waste disposal for their residents.”