February 24, 2020

  •  Last week our landfill crews took advantage of the stretch of dry weather and prepped a new landfilling area. In an effort to maximize our capacity and keep the working face as far as possible from Shafto Road, our crews relocated a major access road on the north-facing slope of the landfill. The relocation provides a large area on the north slope, which can be landfilled and is both protected from the elements and provides for easy access of the waste trucks. 
  • Our site crews also continued their slope recover work on the west-facing slope, with more than an additional acre completed.
  • The landfill gas crew completed their work on the jumper line mentioned in the last update, providing for better control of the gas extraction and conveyance to the flare. Another major task last week was to raise the wells in the newly prepared landfill area to keep the wellheads above the surface of the landfill as the elevation increases.
  • The landfill gas crews continued the maintenance and operation of the extraction well pumps. Last week, approximately 174,000 gallons were pumped out of the new wells and hauled off-site for treatment. This brings the total volume of previously perched leachate pumped out to 1.29 million gallons.

February 18, 2020

  • With the additional 0.83 inches of rain over the last week, significant efforts were required to keep the landfill access roads passable and the cover stabilized, all without stopping the landfilling activities. Despite this extra work and the wet and slippery conditions, the crews were still able to make progress on our west-facing slope repair and re-covering project. With more favorable weather in the forecast, we hope to build off of the progress this week.
  • With the majority of the construction completed on the new collection system, the landfill gas crews continued their work tuning the collection system and evaluating the existing system. This week, crews upgraded the piping connections to a number of old gas collection points and condensate drain points. They also began the construction of a new jumper line that will connect the new header system to the old header at a point closer to the flare. This connection will provide better control of the gas collection from different phases of the landfill.
  • We also received our most recent topographic survey for the landfill. Our consultant will use this information to finalize the design of the 2020 landfill gas well drilling project. With the design in its latter stages, our contractor has begun coordinating the manpower and equipment for the drilling work.
  • Finally, this week we had an inspection by both the DEP’s Solid Waste and Water Quality Enforcement Departments. I am happy to report that both went very well and we will continue to work with the DEP Department to ensure compliance of the facility.

February 10, 2020

  • This week, our landfill crews continued maintenance work on the west-facing slope. They maintained their excellent progress in repairing, grading and re-covering this area, with more than one acre completed. 
  • Unfortunately, their progress was impeded by rain and the need to prepare for and recover from the inclement weather. With more than one inch of rain this week and future rain events forecasted for next week, the landfill access roads required a significant amount of attention to keep the waste moving.  
  • The landfill gas crews continued their operations and tuning of the collection and dewatering system. This week, they pumped out an additional 240,000 gallons of liquids from the recently installed gas wells. The crews also continued evaluating the old collection system, confirming locations and

 February 3, 2020 

  • Senator Vin Gopal and I, along with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), hosted a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Borough of Tinton Falls Court/Council Room where residents were able to voice their concerns pertaining to the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. 
  • On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to thank the residents of Tinton Falls, their elected officials, NJDEP Commissioners and County staff for attending this productive meeting. Even though the grievances about Monmouth County Reclamation Center (MCRC) have lessened, the County acknowledges the odor complaints and will continue to address these issues in order to sustain the quality of life for the residents of Tinton Falls.
  • This week, our crews continued working with our contractor on seep repairs, road building and re-cover efforts on the west-facing slope. Currently, this project is approximately 50 percent complete and looks to be on schedule to finish up and have vegetation established so the slope will be able to withstand spring rains. Additionally, crews spent time repairing erosion from last weekend’s rain event. Even though there was ¾-inch of rain, the intensity caused erosion rills and washouts in some areas.
  • The landfill gas crew continued the landfill dewatering project. With 22 pumps installed, the MCRC pumped out another 156,000 gallons of perched leachate from the landfill last week. The crew will continue to install additional pumps and maintain the ones already installed. Considering these pumps can be anywhere from 40 to 115 feet below the surface of the landfill, there are many factors that will influence their efficiency and will require regular maintenance to keep them operating effectively.
  • Crews also continued their work in evaluating and upgrading the existing gas collection infrastructure. This week, an additional blower was installed in the landfill flare. These blowers are used to create vacuum in the collection system, pulling the landfill gas out of the landfill and feeding it to the flare. Depending on the gas production rate, this blower can be used as a spare for maintenance and repair of the existing unit or it could be used to supplement the vacuum produced by one unit.
  • They also began the replacement of the condensate traps in the system. When the gas is pulled from the landfill, it contains moisture that will collect at low points in the system. These low points have pumps installed to transfer this liquid to the storage tanks. The old systems are reaching the end of their service life and the crews are installing new pumps and controls.

January 27, 2020 

  • I would like to start by inviting you to join Senator Vin Gopal and I, along with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, for a public meeting to discuss the ongoing operations at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. The meeting will be held this Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Borough of Tinton Falls Court/Council Room, 566 Tinton Avenue.
  • Last week, our landfill crews began a new lift on the northern slope of the landfill. They have been working hard to utilize all of the permitted airspace of the landfill.
  • Our cover crews worked with the outside contractor to grade and cover the western slope of the landfill. To date, they have completed approximately half of this slope.
  • The most important task our crews performed last week was preparing for the weekend’s forecasted rain event. With over one inch of rain expected, our crews made sure that the cover and access roads would withstand erosion and the landfill would be ready for operation this morning.
  • The landfill gas crews continued their work on the landfill gas collection system. Last week, they installed an additional 13 well pumps at strategic locations to continue the dewatering of the landfill. These pumps removed approximately 478,000 gallons of liquid from the landfill in just the last week.
  • As mentioned in previous updates, these are liquids that have been perched at different levels within the landfill. Ideally, these liquids would have migrated to the bottom of the landfill and pumped out from there. However, over time due to settlement and waste decomposition (leaving large amounts of plastic bags), barriers form and the liquid perch on top of these impediments. Removing these liquids allows for better gas movement and collection and will enable the operators to reclaim airspace in the landfill that had previously been unusable due to the moisture content.
  • The landfill gas crew also performed the necessary follow-up checks on the landfill to confirm compliance with surface-emission standards. Finally, the design of the next round of gas/liquid extraction wells continued. Construction plans are being prepared and the availability of contractors is being explored.

January 17, 2020

  • With the post-holiday surge of waste winding down, our landfill crews were able to dedicate more manpower to our slope work on the west-facing slope. The crews, with the help of an outside contractor, repaired seeps and re-covered an additional acre on this slope. The crews also worked on constructing new access roads in this area to ease entry for further repair and re-cover work.
  • In addition to the routine monitoring and tuning of the landfill wells, our landfill gas crew continued to work on the new collection system. With all of the storage tanks connected and tested, they moved on to installing the dewatering pumps in the wells.
  • This week, they installed nine pumps at strategic locations to begin the dewatering process. More than 100,000 gallons of leachate have already been pumped out of the landfill. These are liquids that had been perched at various levels throughout the landfill. The removal of this leachate will increase the efficiency of the wells and prevent future seeps.
  • The crew has 20 more of these pumps, which will be installed over the next few weeks. The landfill gas crew also worked on the rehabilitation of one of the existing landfill gas flares. This flare will offer redundancy in the system as well as help the gas collection operations better tune the landfill.
  • Finally, the design of this year’s well drilling program continued to advance. We are hoping to have final construction plans ready by next month.

January 10, 2020

  • Because of the time of year, County crews dedicated their efforts to keeping up with the post-holiday tonnage increase. The MCRC received more than 7,800 tons of waste this week. This is about 1,000 tons greater than a typical winter week.
  • The increased waste intake compounded with the erratic weather made for a challenging week of landfilling. However, we were still able to make progress with preparing a new landfilling area and continuing work on the west slope grading and re-cover project. Over one acre of the west slope was dried, graded and re-covered. This work focused on the upper portion of the west-facing slope through utilizing soils, with a high clay content, to better contain any gasses and repel rain water. 
  • The landfill gas crew continued its work by connecting the storage tanks to the newly installed sumps. Crews finalized the plumbing and electrical connections as well as the testing of the pumps, alarms and valves associated with each tank. Also, the crew started the electric compressor, which supplies air to the collection system. In addition to powering the well dewatering pumps, the crews are using this as the air source for the odor control equipment, eliminating the need for the diesel compressors.
  • We also began the design for the new landfill gas wells that we plan to install this year. While last year’s drilling project concentrated on the top deck of the landfill, this year’s project will focus on the side slopes. Once the side slope wells are installed, we will be able to move forward with some final capping of areas that have been filled to permitted grade.
  • As I have previously mentioned, the County investigates all of the odor complaints that are reported. Recently, we had a couple of instances where we observed multiple calls and I wanted to assure you that these odors were related to specific events and not a trend or long-term issue.
  • Due to the significantly higher than average precipitation we have received lately, the liquids in the landfill gas increased, which overloaded the pump that transfers this liquid from the flare to the leachate collection system. The landfill gas contractor is designing a new, more robust system that will be able to better handle these events in the future.    
  • Again, with the higher than average precipitation and the repeated freezing/thawing of the ground surface, the roadway on the landfill became very saturated and almost impassable. The disturbance of this roadway was a likely source of odors. The newly-constructed road will serve the operations for a long time. 

January 3, 2020

  • Happy New Year! Our progress at the Reclamation Center continues despite the weather. We have received almost 1.5 inches of rain this week and over 6 inches in the past month. 
  • This week, our crews and contractors continued to make excellent advancements on the landfill and our new landfill gas collection system (LGCS). Landfill crews maintained the cover impacted by the rain while continuing to work on the northwest and west-facing slope. Crews addressed landfill seeps, constructed landfill access roads and placed a thick layer of a soil cover material that better withstands rain and traffic.  
  • Landfill gas crews worked out on the landfill to raise landfill gas wells, which permit additional landfilling, and monitored/tuned the wells. They also worked on the LGCS. At our landfill gas flare, crews upgraded the condensate pumping system and prepared for the installation of a new blower unit. This work will help with the resiliency of the flare.
  • Crews continued the remaining items related to the construction of the new LGCS, which included fabricating the drain piping for the storage tanks, having the manufacturer out to the site to start the compressor unit in addition to other various piping work. With all of these tasks being completed, we are hoping to be able to start the dewatering system within the next week.
  • Finally, the landfill gas crew and their third party contractor completed the quarterly surface emissions monitoring. This monitoring confirms that there is no underground migration or surface emissions of methane from the landfill.

December 20, 2019

  • The MCRC received another two inches of rain this week, bringing the monthly total to just under five inches of rain in addition to three inches of snow.  Our crews spent a significant effort preparing for and then recovering from the weather events. The weather-related tasks included pre- and post-storm cover integrity checks, surface runoff management and accommodating the significant increase in leachate generation. All this being done in addition to their daily landfilling operations.  
  • Despite the weather, progress was still made on our western slope. Our contractor's crews were able to perform some seep repairs, drainage work and re-grading of the upper west-facing slope. Approximately eight seeps were repaired and 200-feet of stone trenching installed.
  • Crews also continued the fabrication work required to connect all of the leachate/condensate storage tanks to the new landfill gas collection system. This work will continue through next week and the contractor hopes to have all of these tanks on-line by the end of next week.

December 13, 2019

  • With more than one inch of rain and three inches of snow, a significant amount of this week’s work was related to the weather. The crews spent time preparing for the storms and then monitoring and repairing erosion and other cover damage caused by the run-off. Despite the weather, the landfill gas crews continued evaluating the old gas collection system, raising wells and monitoring and tuning the gas collection. 
  • Crews continued to pipe in the storage tanks and wire the associated alarms and emergency shutoff valves. The cover crews spent time on the west-facing slopes grading, covering and managing seeps.
  • As part of our Title V Air Permit requirements, the landfill gas crews performed the quarterly surface emission monitoring and methane migration testing. Both of these tests are performed to ensure that the landfill gas is collected properly and there are no fugitive

December 6, 2019 

  • This week, Waste Management crews finished the assembly of the 30 gas well dewatering pumps in preparation for their installation in the recently drilled wells. The crews also worked on some of the final connections of the air compressor to the air header system. Once complete, the air will power both the dewatering pumps and provide the air flow necessary for the odor control devices. Utilizing this air source for the odor control devices is optimal as it is cleaner and more reliable than the diesel powered units currently used at the landfill.
  • The Waste Management crews also worked on the new leachate storage tanks. This included the pipe work that connects the tanks to the new header system and trench preparation for the necessary electrical connections that will power the alarms and pump controls.
  • Landfill gas (LFG) crews also worked to raise two vertical wells and extend one horizontal gas collection point. This work was needed to allow for additional landfilling on the north facing slope, away from the residences. Finally, the LFG crews changed all of the well heads on the Phase 1 Landfill. These new well heads will provide better tuning of the wells.
  • County crews continued with their re-cover efforts, which included subsurface seep work as well as final grading and access road construction on the north and west facing slopes. The crews also spent time preparing for the two-day rain storm predicted for early next week.

November 27, 2019

  • This week, Waste Management crews continued their evaluation and tuning of the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS). Crews are going to each collection point and evaluating its gas collection efficiency and then adjusting the vacuum as necessary. Waste Management also brought in an extra crew to perform water level soundings at each new well. The soundings determine the liquid levels at each well. This data will then be used to determine the optimal locations to install the pneumatic well pumps. They also began the assembly of these pumps. Waste Management crews also worked with County crews to raise and reroute some of the existing LGCS infrastructure away from the active working face.
  • County crews continued their re-cover and seep repair work on the north and west facing slopes of the landfill. With a significant rain event forecasted for this weekend, our crews spent time bolstering cover and taking the necessary precautions for the potential 1-inch of rain on Sunday. The County also had a representative from the odor neutralizer company on site to perform preventive maintenance on the systems and confirm that everything is ready for the cold weather.
  • I'd like to address an article I read yesterday in the Asbury Park Press regarding the MCRC landfill and the issues involved with two contractors who have had long-term contracts to provide services there. The article offers some details about a lawsuit that was filed by Applied Water, who was responsible for designing, building and operating the leachate pretreatment plant. The County filed a counterclaim against Applied Water, which entails the County’s position in addition to Applied Water not adhering to its contractual requirements. This case will be settled in court.
  • There is a reference made to the issue with Montauk Energy, who surrendered its contract due to the supposed inability to collect commercial quantities of gas. It is the County’s position that this was due to the company’s own actions of limiting its capacity to collect available gas. The County is exploring possible legal actions for the company’s breach of contract.
  • We have taken actions over the last year to correct issues at the landfill. However, these two companies were supposed to bring their expertise and knowledge and apply it to the landfill as they are experts in their field. It is our goal to protect and recoup the taxpayer dollars spent on these companies and to hold them accountable for their contractual responsibilities.
  • On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

    November 22, 2019

    • This week, Waste Management continued to work on the final connections of all existing landfill gas collection points to the new header system. As each connection was made, Waste Management crews worked to “tune” each collection point in order to maximize the gas collection as well as maintain compliance with the applicable regulations. The company’s crews also performed maintenance on the landfill gas flare.
    • Waste Management had its electrical subcontractor to the site to begin installing the level sensor and alarm system in each of the storage tanks. These sensors will detect when the liquids in the tanks reach a high level. When high levels are detected, the sensors will shut down the condensate pumps to ensure the tanks do not overflow.
    • With the help of a Waste Management crew with equipment, County crews continued with seep repairs, re-cover efforts and sub-surface drainage work. The header installation work required high-volume construction traffic over the landfill. As a result, the joint crews worked together to repair the disturbed cover.
    • The County also worked with two new sources of fill and cover material. Because different parts of the landfill have different cover needs, these materials will be blended with others on-site resources.

    November 15, 2019

    • As the end of the contracted work with Atlantic Lining Co. approaches, the company spent this past week finishing up various tasks including:
      • the final grading and cleanup of disturbed areas, re-installation of guardrail and other general housekeeping items.
      • the installation of the last of the control valves on the lateral lines and risers.
      • the completion of the construction of the clean-out risers which included the installation of valves and gauges.
      • the completion and installation of the pumps in all header sumps.
    • Waste Management will finish the LGCS (Landfill Gas Collection System) project as the general contractor. This week, Waste Management worked on the final connection of all new and existing landfill gas collection points to the new header system, including the air line and drain line where applicable.
    • The Reclamation Center received the balance of the storage tanks for the continuation of this project. Waste Management crews constructed stabilized pads for each tank. Upon completion, each storage tank was placed on the stabilized pad. Our crews continued their recover and cover maintenance efforts.

    November 8, 2019

    • As mentioned last week, as of last Saturday all of the collection system gas, air and drain lines were installed tested and backfilled.
    • Atlantic Lining spent the early part of this week installing the large valves that connect the laterals and cross-landfill pipes to the main header. These will help the operator to control the vacuum to the various parts of the collection landfill gas collections system.
    • Once these were completed, they worked on recovering and grading the areas disturbed by the pipe installation.
    • During the second part of the week, Atlantic Lining began the installation of the storage tanks that will collect the liquids that are removed from the gas system. The installation of these tanks involve the preparation of a pad area to place it and the installation of the various piping and electrical connections that control the pumps and level alarms.
    • There will be nine of these tanks, each placed near one of the sumps that were installed previously. Two of the tanks were received this week. The next steps will be to install the pumps in each of the sumps and wells on the landfill.
    • Our crews continued their recover and cover maintenance efforts. A contract was approved this week to augment these efforts for the next couple of weeks with the assistance of additional outside operators and equipment.

    November 1, 2019

    • Despite this week’s rainy weather, Atlantic Lining Co. installed approximately 1,800 feet of pipe. Once tested and backfilled by the end of the day tomorrow, the pipe installation portion of the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) will be complete.
    • As of tomorrow, all headers, laterals, air and drain lines will be installed, tested and backfilled. About 90% of the new wells are now connected to the new LGCS.
    • The next steps include installing the pumps in the wells and sumps as well as completing the air supply and condensate drain systems.
    • County crews continued working on re-covering high-traffic areas and areas impacted by rain this week. Crews are still accepting woodchips and soil materials to continue re-covering efforts.
    • I am happy to report that the Reclamation Center had a successful site tour and inspection by the NJDEP Solid Waste and Water Enforcement.

    October 25, 2019

    • Although hampered by two days of rain this week, Atlantic Lining Co. continued to work on the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) in and around the active landfill face by installing approximately 1,650 linear feet of laterals and cross-landfill header pipes.
    • I am happy to announce that the first cross-landfill header pipe was completed this week and the second pipe is anticipated to be completed by the end of next week. 
    • Each lateral includes the 2-inch air line, 4-inch leachate drain line and a landfill gas collection pipe. The lateral work that was completed this week has brought the necessary piping to an additional seven of the newly-installed wells. 
    • Crews placed additional cover and topsoil on portions of the northern slope of Area 2. The re-cover efforts are to repair areas where traffic and weather have eroded the original soil cover. Approximately two acres of this area were re-covered and top-soiled in preparation for seeding.
    • Crews also re-covered approximately two acres of eroded areas on the upper north slope of Area 1. Woodchips and topsoil continue to be mixed in with the daily cover for future use of slope stabilization.

    October 18, 2019 

    • Even with the holiday and rain we experienced this week, we were able to get a lot accomplished.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. continued the work on the LGCS (Landfill Gas Collection System). This week, the company installed, tested and backfilled approximately 900 linear feet of laterals and cross-landfill header pipes. 
    • Each lateral includes the 2-inch air line, 4-inch leachate drain line and a landfill gas collection pipe. The laterals run to each newly installed well. This weeks’ lateral work has brought the necessary piping to 3 of the newly installed wells. 
    • Crews continued to perform site work, backfilling and grading. They worked on four seeps, connecting 40-feet of trenching to them.
    • Crews placed an additional two acres of top-soil and two acres of re-cover. Two acres of top-soiled and covered work areas were also seeded to allow for growth. Crews are continuing to mix woodchips in the daily cover and topsoil for future use of slope stabilization.

    October 11, 2019

    • Atlantic Lining Co. continued the work on the LGCS (Landfill Gas Collection System). This week, the company installed, tested and backfilled approximately 3,700 linear feet of laterals and cross-landfill header pipes. 
    • Each lateral includes the 2-inch air line, 4-inch leachate drain line and a landfill gas collection pipe. The laterals run to each newly installed well. I am proud to say that the most recent lateral work has brought the necessary piping to 15 of the newly installed wells.
    • The cross-landfill header pipes not only collect the landfill gas, but also provide for redundancies in the system. If a pipe or well were to be damaged, a smaller portion of the LGCS can be shutdown by Reclamation Center Staff. 
    • Crews placed additional cover and topsoil on the northern slope of Area 2. The re-cover efforts are to repair areas where traffic and weather have eroded the previously placed soil cover.
    • Two acres of recently top-soiled and covered work areas were seeded to allow for growth. Crews are continuing to mix woodchips in the daily cover and topsoil for future use of slope stabilization.

    October 4, 2019

    • Atlantic Lining Co. currently has three crews working at the Reclamation Center and continues to do great work on the laterals, which connect the newly drilled gas wells to the header system. 
    • This week, the company installed, tested and backfilled approximately 1,500 linear feet of laterals. Each foot of the newly installed laterals includes 2-inch air line, 4-inch leachate drain line and either 8-inch or 12-inch landfill gas collection pipes. To date, all of the lateral work has connected the necessary piping to 14 of the newly installed wells. 
    • The Landfill Gas System Operator completed the quarterly surface emission and methane migration monitoring with no issue to report. 
    • Reclamation Center crews began landfilling in a lower area further from Shafto Road. This active area of the landfill is more protected from winds and further from local residences.
    • Crews continued work on seeps by repairing three seeps on the northern slope of Area 2. Crews also covered recently landfilled and graded areas with a thick layer of impermeable cover on the northern slope of Area 3. They continue to mix woodchips and topsoil in the daily cover for future use of slope stabilization. 

     September 27, 2019 

    • We are making great progress at the Reclamation Center and have completed the header system.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. completed the work on the 24” header pipe and approximately 6,900 LF of header pipe has been installed, tested and backfilled. This installation included the required air lines and leachate drain lines that will allow for the dewatering of the landfill.
    • With the completion of the 24” header pipe around the perimeter of the landfill, the crews will now concentrate on the lateral installations. The laterals ultimately connect the newly drilled gas wells to the header system. The design includes seven main laterals each with various sub-laterals connecting to each well.
    • The lateral work this week included the installation of approximately 340 ft. of 12” pipe and 350 ft. of 8” pipe.
    • Reclamation center crews repaired 12 seeps on the northern slope of Area 2. This work included the installation of 120 ft. of subsurface trench drains connecting various seeps to well-draining areas. Once the repairs were complete, the area was covered with a substantial layer of cover material (approximately two acres).
    • Crews also continued work to increase cover in high traffic areas that have been eroded. Approximately three acres were recovered with the sand/woodchip mix that holds up well to traffic and wet weather.
    • Crews are continuing to mix woodchips in the daily cover and topsoil for future use of slope stabilization.
    • The DEP was onsite again this week for a site visit and no violations or concerns were raised.

    September 20, 2019 

    • I am so proud to share that so much work has been accomplished at the Reclamation Center this week. The crews have been extremely productive through their proactive efforts in hopes of alleviating any existing or future issues.  
    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. continued work on the 24-inch header pipe for the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS):
    • All 24-inch header pipes have been welded and are ready for installation.
    • All 24-inch pipe through Sump #7 has been successfully tested and backfilled, totaling approximately 4,700-feet.
    • An additional 200-feet of header pipe was installed and is ready for testing.
    • I am happy to report that crews are working to finish the trenching up to the final sump today.
    • Reclamation center crews repaired eight seeps on the northern slope of Area 2. After seep repairs were complete, crews placed impermeable cover on this slope.
    • Additionally, crews worked to fortify the cover that has eroded in high-traffic areas. The sand/woodchip mix was used in these areas as this mixture withstands traffic and wet weather.
    • Woodchips continue to be mixed in with the daily cover and topsoil mixed for future use on slope stabilization projects. The Reclamation Center is benefitting from the fall growing season and has prepared and seeded approximately two acres working areas. The vegetation will help to stabilize the cover soils and prevent erosion. 
    • The DEP visited the Reclamation Center for a routine inspection and reported no violations.

     September 13, 2019

    • I hope that you are still finding these weekly updates to be informative. I know that each week I have been providing details about the progress being made by Atlantic Lining Co., but I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of what exactly they are working on and towards.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. is the subcontractor for the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) and each week they are welding thousands of feet of piping. These pipes will improve the collection of methane gas, which is one of the main sources for the odors.
    • The nine leachate sump structures they are installing around the landfill, are designed to capture the liquids from the landfill. The liquids will then be pumped out for off-site treatment.
    • These ongoing projects, along with the continual work being done by Reclamation Center crews to shrink the active face of the landfill and repair seeps, will all contribute to reducing odors at the landfill.
    • The detailed progress that has been made this week includes:
    • Atlantic Lining Co. successfully pressure tested the 24-inch header pipe installed between the fifth and sixth sumps. As a result of the successful test, Atlantic Lining Co. backfilled and graded off this area of the LGCS.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. pre-welded 2,900-feet of 24-inch pipe as well as 250-feet of 24-inch header pipe.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. excavated 1,000-feet of trench between the fifth and sixth sumps and installed 24-inch header pipe in this newly dug trench.
    • Reclamation center crews repaired six seeps on the northern slope of Area 4. One seep was repaired on the northeast slope of Area 2.
    • After seep repairs were complete, crews placed impermeable cover on the northeast slope of Area 2.
    • Crews are continuing to mix woodchips in the daily cover and topsoil for future use of slope stabilization.

    September 6, 2019

    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. was able to complete the installation of Sumps #8 and #9. I am happy to report that all sumps are now installed.
    • The 24-inch header pipe between the fourth and fifth sumps has been installed, tested and backfilled, bringing the total to 3,300-feet of header pipe complete.
    • An additional 200-feet of 24-inch header pipe was installed between the fifth and sixth sumps. Crews carefully excavated underground utility crossings by hand in order to install this pipe. An additional 500-feet of trench was excavated and 400-feet of 24-inch pipe was welded in preparation for installation and testing.
    • Reclamation Center crews continued work on the northwest corner of the landfill, which included the installation of four additional seep repairs and approximately 30-feet of subsurface trench drains. These trench drains will guide leachate towards the center of the landfill and help prevent future seeps.
    • Following the subsurface work, an additional 2.5 acres of impermeable cover was place on the completed work area. Additionally, crews began preparing topsoil to spread on the impermeable cover. Seed will be added to the topsoil, which will vegetate the slopes with an optimal plant mix. The vegetated slopes will help prevent erosion and keep sediment and other materials stationary. 

    August 30, 2019

    • Atlantic Lining Co. continued their work by installing sumps six and seven of nine. The 24-inch header pipe, from the interconnection with the existing LGCS to Sump #4, has been installed, tested and backfilled, totaling 2,400-feet of pipe.
    • An additional 250-feet of 24-inch header pipe was installed between the fourth and fifth sumps. I am happy to report that the connector pipeline from the gas wells to the landfill gas collection header pipe on southwest corner was backfilled upon successful testing.
    • Reclamation Center crews continued work on the northwest corner of the landfill, which included four additional seep repairs. Crews also installed approximately 130-feet of subsurface trench drains, which will guide leachate towards the center of the landfill. Directing the flow of leachate will help prevent future seeps. Following this subsurface work, crews topped the two acres of the northwest corner of the landfill with impermeable cover.
    • Following the rain event on Wednesday, crews performed a full inspection of the landfill and repaired any damage observed and confirmed the integrity of the cover.
    • Crews are still accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover. Clay and impermeable dirt are also being imported for further slope stabilization and odor control.

    August 23, 2019

    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. continued the new LGCS (Landfill Gas Collection System) construction, installing the fifth of nine sumps, as well as backfilled and graded 320-feet of trenching for the main 24-inch header pipe.
    • Additionally, the company installed 150-feet of 2-inch air line and 150-feet of 4-inch leachate drain line, which connects four of the recently installed landfill gas wells. Atlantic Lining Co. began the layout and excavation of 275-feet of trenching that will connect the gas wells on the southwest corner of the landfill to the landfill gas collection header pipe that is being installed.
    • Reclamation Center crews repaired six additional seeps due to recent rainfall and placed 2 ½ acres of impermeable cover material on landfill slopes for stabilization and odor control.
    • Crews are still accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover. Clay and impermeable dirt are also being imported for further slope stabilization and odor control.
    • Lastly, crews have met with outside operations manager to help optimize landfilling operations.

    August 16, 2019 

    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. continued the new LGCS (Landfill Gas Collection System) construction, installing the fourth of nine sumps. An additional 300-feet of 12-inch pipe, 600-feet of two-inch air-line and four-inch leachate drain lines and 400-feet of eight-inch collection pipe were installed by the company.
    • Reclamation Center crews repaired four additional seeps due to recent rainfall and placed another acre of impermeable cover material on landfill slopes for stabilization and odor control.
    • Crews are still accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover. Clay and impermeable dirt are also being imported for further slope stabilization and odor control.
    • The Reclamation Center recently started the updated and revised Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), which includes training of all employees. The Plan will serve as a guidebook of practices that the Reclamation Center will follow in order to make sure that the stormwater discharged from the site is as clean and unpolluted as possible.
    • Lastly, I am happy to report that the NJDEP was on-site for two inspections this week and reported no issues or violations at each visit.

    August 8, 2019 

    • In total, 1,500-feet of 24-inch pipe has been connected to all three sumps that Atlantic Lining Co. installed last week. The sumps were then successfully pressure tested.
    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. added four more employees to help with the excavation of the leachate drain lines.
    • Reclamation Center staff repaired two additional seeps and placed two more acres of impermeable cover material on landfill slopes for stabilization and further control of odors.
    • Crews are still accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover. Clay and impermeable dirt are also being imported for further slope stabilization and odor control.

    August 2, 2019

    • This week, the Reclamation Center weathered the 2.2” rain storm on Wednesday with little to no new erosion or seeps.
    • Reclamation Center staff repaired four existing seeps and placed an additional three acres of impermeable cover material on landfill slopes for stabilization and further control of odors.
    • I am also very happy to announce that the Department of Environmental Protection inspection went well with no Notice of Violations given.
    • For the new Landfill Gas Collection System, Atlantic Lining Co. installed the third of nine sump structures around the landfill, which are designed to capture the liquids from the landfill gas. 
    • Atlantic Lining Co. has fused 600-feet of 24-inch pipe to the original two sump pumps for further collection of the liquids. In addition, 400-feet of leachate drain lines and 400-feet of air supply line have been installed.
    • Crews are still accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover.

    July 26, 2019

    • Atlantic Lining Co. installed the second of nine sump structures around the landfill, which are designed to capture the liquids from the landfill gas. Once collected, the liquids will be pumped out for off-site treatment. 
    • Atlantic Lining Co. continued to weld and fuse 1,000 feet of 24” header pipe for the gas extraction pipes. 
    • Reclamation Center crews were able to repair three seeps this week and two more acres of impermeable cover has been placed on landfill slopes for stabilization and further control of odors
    • I am also very happy to announce the storm and its heavy rains had minimal impact on the ongoing operations at the Reclamation Center.

    July 19, 2019

    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. installed the first of nine sump structures around the landfill, which are designed to capture the liquids from the landfill gas. The liquids will then be pumped out for off-site treatment.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. continued to weld the gas extraction pipes and an additional 4,500 feet of pipe has been welded and fused.
    • Crews are actively working on cover and seeps at the landfill and are accepting woodchips from various sources to mix with the daily cover.
    • Re-covering operations continued this week with more than four acres re-covered.
    • We are currently working through Monmouth County Clean Communities with the Sherriff’s Office and Tinton Falls Police Department to monitor and enforce litter coming off solid waste and recycling trucks moving through the Shafto Road corridor. 

    July 12, 2019

    • This week, Atlantic Lining Co. continued to weld the gas extraction pipes and an additional 5,000 feet of pipe is welded and staged for installation.
    • Atlantic Lining Co. has begun the excavation work for the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS).
    • The first stage of the project involves the installation of nine leachate sump structures around the landfill, which are designed to capture the liquids from the landfill gas.
    • The liquids will then be pumped out for off-site treatment.
    • The working face access roads at the Reclamation Center have been reconfigured to allow for quicker truck movement, which will reduce the amount of time to landfill and cover the waste received daily.
    • The NJDEP Solid Waste Enforcement inspector performed a routine inspection this week and I am happy to report that no issues or problems were noted.
    • The Reclamation Center weathered a storm that produced 1.33” of rain on Thursday night with very little erosion and damage to the cover. Re-covering operations continue with more than four acres re-covered this week.

    July 3, 2019

    • In preparation for construction of the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS), Atlantic Lining Co. has welded approximately 36,000 linear feet of pipe. These pipes range from 2” diameter air lines to 18” diameter landfill gas header pipes.
    • Excavation and installation of these pipes will begin next week.
    • All pipes, fittings and materials lost in the fire have been procured from various sources. Some replaced materials have already been delivered.
    • Furthermore, the approximate five acres of landfill cover mentioned in last week’s update continues to be recovered with newly sourced materials.
    • June 2019 ended with a rainfall total that is more than 2.25” above average. Since Monmouth County has been dealing with abnormally wet conditions and humid air, the Reclamation Center is increasing odor control operations.
    • Once the LGCS is complete, the large capacity of the new leachate collection system will handle the excess rainfall.
    • A newly proposed addition to the Leachate pretreatment plant is designed to handle additional liquids from the landfill while incorporating more efficient processing for discharge.

    June 28, 2019

    • I am pleased to announce that the contractor for the Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) has begun to weld pipe sections and staging the welded lengths per the engineered layout.
    • An experienced LGCS Operator reported to the Monmouth County Reclamation Center (MCRC) and will monitor and tune the newly installed system.
    • Approximately five acres of landfill cover has been recovered to repair damage from recent storms.
    • Additionally, the Neutralene used in the vapor system has been diluted by 50% to minimize the fragrance emitted.
    • Lastly, I am happy to report that the MCRC had a successful site inspection from NJDEP Solid Waste Enforcement with no reportable issues or problems.
    June 21, 2019
    • I would like to take the opportunity to let you know that all landfilling operations in Area 4 of Phase 3 have been completed.  
    • The active area of the landfill is now fully moved to a location that is further away from Shafto Road. 
    • This area is better protected from wind and precipitation, which will further reduce any odors. 
    • Additionally, a more durable, weather resistant material is being used on the landfill that will further contain odors and liquids produced.
    • The contractor, who is installing the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS), has begun procuring pipe, fittings, and equipment to replace what was lost in the fire last week. 
    • The positioning and welding of pipe sections for installation of the LGCS is expected to begin next week.
    • Two Neutraline Vapor Systems have been converted to solar power, which will require less maintenance and power usage.
    • There have been no odor complaints to the Monmouth County Health Department or DEP since June 5.

    June 13, 2019  

    • As many of you are aware, there was a fire last night at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center.
    • The Monmouth County Fire Marshal was on the scene and is leading the active investigation.
    • Due to the suspicious nature of the event, the matter is being referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing video surveillance and conducting additional investigations to determine the cause and origin at a later date.
    • With that said, I would like to clarify that the event was unrelated to the Reclamation Center's normal operations or the installation of capital improvements related to odor control.
    • I am grateful to all of the firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to the fire and those who are investigating its cause. I will send out more information as soon as it becomes available.

    June 7, 2019

    • The construction of the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) is about to begin.
    • Thanks to the cooperation of Waste Management, their subcontractor will begin to mobilize their equipment on site starting Monday, June 10th and will begin the welding of the pipes to connect all 49 wells to the permanent LGCS.
    • As we stated at the last public meeting in Tinton Falls, there will be more than 11 miles of pipe that has to be welded together then placed in position connecting all of the wells to the “header,” which will collect all of the gas for processing.
    • For the past two weeks, most of the material and supplies were brought to the site and stored for easy access for the subcontractor who will construct the system.
    • We anticipate that the construction of the header tying all wells together into the collection system will take 10 to 12 weeks to be completed.
    • Again, this schedule could be interrupted by weather conditions. But, we anticipate that this portion of the overall corrective action should be completed no later than October 1, 2019.

     May 31, 2019

    • The County has been advised that the Neutraline 7030SF Manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has been updated since the initial posting of the MSDS for the product. The MSDS originally posted to the County website was developed in August 2016.
    •  Accordingly, we are now posting the January 2017 Updated MSDS on the County website as well as the MSDS that has been there since the beginning of the use of Neutralene 7030SF.
    • Because of health concerns and warnings in the MSDS from August 2016, the Neutraline product has been changed to make it safer through the removal of specific ingredients. The changes reflect the concern that the manufacturer, Air Care Technology LLC, had regarding the potential impact of their product on human reproduction, fish and other aquatic species.
    • According to Air Care Technology LLC, the reformulation of the product took more than a few months because each odor counteractant blend required its own unique system to achieve an acceptable uniform mixture.
    • The MSDS issued in August 2016 was reviewed and deemed a safe product by our safety consultant. 
    • The bottom line is that as a result of the health concerns for workers who handle the product as well as the general public, specific ingredients were removed. It is important to note that the Neutraline 7030SF, reflected in the MSDS from January 2017, is the only product that has been utilized in the MCRC.

     May 24, 2019

    • For this week’s update, I wanted to address some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Monmouth County Reclamation Center.
    • I have compiled a list of these questions and posted them here: https://bit.ly/2YNsK1U

    May 17, 2019

    • I want to thank all of the residents who joined me on Monday, May 13 in Tinton Falls to discuss the progress that has been made as well as the current work being done at the landfill. 
    • As I said on Monday, the public meeting will serve as my weekly update.
    • For those who may have missed the meeting, the presentation is available here.

    May 10, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • I hope that you are planning to join me at the public meeting I am hosting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue.
    • I would like to recap what we have accomplished and where we are going in the next several weeks.
    • Action Plan Improvements:
      • Slope repair was completed by Dec. 21, 2018.
      • Odor neutralization has been complete and operational since Feb. 15, 2019.
      • Well Field drilling and build-out has been complete since April 11, 2019.
      • The wells have been successfully tied into the interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) as of today, May 10, 2019. This will result in an immediate increase in gas collection, by an additional 55%, and therefore a significant reduction in odors.
      • The construction of the permanent LGCS is on schedule for May 20 through June 26, 2019.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    May 3, 2019   

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • I am happy to report that the interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) will be completed sooner than we originally anticipated. The interim LGCS is expected to be fully operational by May 8th. This will result in the capture of at least 80% of the collectible methane gas in the landfill which will result in a further significant reduction in odors.
    • We are on schedule for the delivery of materials and construction of the permanent LGCS, which is anticipated to take four to six weeks to complete once the materials are delivered.
    • It has been brought to my attention that there may be some misinformation going around regarding a NJDEP violation notice issued to the Monmouth County Reclamation Center and I would like to clarify this matter.
    • It is true that New Jersey DEP issued a notice of violation against the Reclamation Center for odors. However, the dates cited in this violation were in January 2019. As you are aware, there has been a significant amount of work done at the Reclamation Center to remediate these odors since January. 
    • I would also like to point out that the County has not received any further notices of odor violations. 
    • As a reminder, I hope you will join me at the public meeting I am hosting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue.
    • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled. We have been able to drill 52 wells and about half of them have been temporarily tied into the existing vacuum system.
    • On Friday, April 19, there will be a delivery of piping and other materials that will used to create an interim gas collection system tying all of the wells into the existing vacuum system.
    • On Monday, April 22, a crew will begin the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. It is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
    • Over the next two weeks, contractors will be reviewing the plans for the permanent LGCS and providing pricing. In addition, the materials will be ordered and delivered for the permanent LGCS. It is anticipated that the permanent LGCS will take between four to six weeks to complete as contractors will be installing over 17,000 linear feet of pipe. At the end of this stage, we will have installed the permanent gas collection system; the permanent leachate collection system as well as the new vacuum lines to continue to improve the collection of gas and control of the odors.
    • As I have said before, the LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. This process to collect gas, which is one of the main causes for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
    • The other main accomplishment that has been recognized has been the decrease of the active landfill area, which was another source of odors. As you will recall, we had designated a specific crew to focus on shrinking the active face of the landfill as well as increasing the daily cover to meet the requirement that the daily garbage that is placed in the landfill be covered with a mix of materials to a depth of 6-12 inches of cover. This crew had been achieving that, which is another reason that the odors have been diminishing.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

     

    April 26, 2019    

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • I have received many requests for a public meeting regarding the Monmouth County Reclamation Center and the County’s efforts regarding the odors associated with the landfill.
    • I wanted you to know that I have scheduled a meeting for May 13 at 7 p.m. in Tinton Falls.
    • At this meeting, I look forward to providing an in-person update on the progress that has been made as well as the current work being done at the landfill. I will be addressing specific questions and concerns that have been raised and discussing the next steps the County will be taking over the coming weeks.
    • The meeting will be held at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue, and I have invited Senator Gopal, Tinton Falls Mayor and Council, NJDEP and the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.
    • I hope you will join me to continue our open dialogue about everything that has been going on at the landfill and the future plans for remediation efforts.
    • As of today, all of the wells have successfully been tied into the existing vacuum system and a crew began the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete.
    • As I stated last week, it is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
    • We anticipate having the wells tied into the interim LGCS within the next two weeks. Once the wells are tied into the interim LGCS, we expect to have the materials delivered for the construction of the permanent LGCS. The construction of the permanent LGCS will take four to six weeks to complete.
    • Meanwhile, we are still vigorously working on shrinking the active face of the landfill and migrating it away from residential areas. A Special Operations crew is also distributing cover materials daily and covering and treating leachate seeps every day.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

     

    April 18, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled. We have been able to drill 52 wells and about half of them have been temporarily tied into the existing vacuum system.
    • On Friday, April 19, there will be a delivery of piping and other materials that will used to create an interim gas collection system tying all of the wells into the existing vacuum system.
    • On Monday, April 22, a crew will begin the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. It is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
    • Over the next two weeks, contractors will be reviewing the plans for the permanent LGCS and providing pricing. In addition, the materials will be ordered and delivered for the permanent LGCS. It is anticipated that the permanent LGCS will take between four to six weeks to complete as contractors will be installing over 17,000 linear feet of pipe. At the end of this stage, we will have installed the permanent gas collection system; the permanent leachate collection system as well as the new vacuum lines to continue to improve the collection of gas and control of the odors.
    • As I have said before, the LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. This process to collect gas, which is one of the main causes for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
    • The other main accomplishment that has been recognized has been the decrease of the active landfill area, which was another source of odors. As you will recall, we had designated a specific crew to focus on shrinking the active face of the landfill as well as increasing the daily cover to meet the requirement that the daily garbage that is placed in the landfill be covered with a mix of materials to a depth of 6-12 inches of cover. This crew had been achieving that, which is another reason that the odors have been diminishing.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    April 11, 2019    

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled, and 17 of the wells are now tied into the existing vacuum system. Within the next three weeks, the construction of the new Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) will be started. As the wells are tied in to the collection system, they will be tied into the vacuum system on a continuous basis.
    • The LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. In addition, the LGCS will be equipped with pipes and pumps that will be used to drain liquid (leachate) from the landfill.
    • This process to alleviate gas, which is the main cause for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
    • It is anticipated that with the installation of the pumps for the leachate, that the equipment will extract approximately 35-40,000 gallons of liquid per day and that liquid will be stored in new storage tanks placed on site during the project. Those tanks will be emptied into tanker trucks and hauled off-site to wastewater treatment plants.
    • We have also ordered an additional three misting stations to assist with the current odors.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.


    April 4, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • On Friday, March 29, we met with NJDEP to discuss air, water and solid waste issues involving the Reclamation Center. Then, this week, we had two NJDEP solid waste officials onsite inspecting the landfill.
    • We had a meeting this week with Waste Management, the general contractor, regarding the construction work at the landfill and discussed the next phase of building the gas collection system.
    • In the interim, all wells that are drilled are capped and in the process of being tied into the existing vacuum system.
    • To date, 36 wells (out of 40) have been drilled and we anticipate to have the remaining wells drilled by the end of next week, weather permitting.
    • Next week, we also anticipate receiving pricing for the final design of the gas and leachate collection systems.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    March 29, 2019  

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • During this past week, beginning Tuesday, March 26th, a second driller began working on site. This has increased the productivity substantially and will enable us to have all of the wells drilled sooner than originally anticipated.
    • To date, we have drilled about two-thirds of the wells that we are expecting to drill (24 out of about 40 wells to be drilled). By drilling two wells per day (at a minimum), we anticipate that the drilling will be completed within the next ten days.
    • The gas collection system has been reviewed and put out for bid. We anticipate that the installation will start by mid-April.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    March 22, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • During this past week, we have drilled six wells, some as deep as 100-feet and some as shallow as 50 to 60-feet. The shallower wells are drilled at a rate of two a day, while the deeper wells are drilled at a rate of one a day.
    • Beginning Tuesday, March 26th, we have arranged to have a second driller on site. This should increase the productivity substantially and we are expecting to reduce the drilling time by three weeks and end around the end of the first week in April.
    • To date, we have drilled about one-third of the wells that we are expecting to drill (12 out of about 40 wells to be drilled). By drilling two wells per day (at a minimum), we should have 12 more wells drilled by the end of next week and 12 more by the end of the first week in April.
    • The gas collection system has been designed and is being reviewed; it will be put out for bid early next week and we anticipate that the installation will start during the second week in April.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

     

    March 15, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • Last week, the Well Field Drilling Plan commenced at the Reclamation Center and, so far, the drilling rate has been one drilled well, per day. These wells are being drilled through over 100-feet of household garbage per well. We expect that going forward we will be able to increase the rate, as we get to areas that have less depth to drill through.
    • Each well is being sealed or connected to available vacuum sites so that the odors are controlled until the full gas collection system is connected.
    • During the drilling, the odor neutralizer is directly applied to the garbage removed in order to contain the odor on site.
    • The active face of the landfill and the footprint for dumping garbage has been shrinking due to the continued effort to provide daily and interim cover on the top of the hill. This has been done through a crew designated to complete this mission.
    • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    March 7, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • The odor neutralizer continues to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed, in the landfill. The vapor stations continue to apply the neutralizer and will continue until the odors are under control.
    • Well Field Drilling Plan commenced on March 6, 2019. You can read Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone's update regarding details of the plan, which he sent to everyone on that has signed up for email updates, by clicking the highlighted text. 
    • The drilling of wells will enable the collection of gas that has not been collected for the past several months due to the inoperability of the existing gas collection system. The drilling will allow us to remove leachate from the landfill through the combination pumps and pipes that will be put in place in the wells.
    • When finished, it is expected that the amount of gas that will be collected will double that which is currently being removed; and that we will be removing more than 35,000 gallons per day of leachate which will be pumped to storage tanks and hauled off-site. This should make a noticeable difference in the reduction of odors.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

    February 27, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • The odor neutralizer continues to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed, in the landfill. The vapor stations continue to apply the neutralizer and will continue until the odors are under control.
    • Last week, we began to review the Well Field Drilling Plan and we will be doing the final review this week.
    • Equipment for the well-drilling phase of the odor corrective action plan, including fogging equipment and Nutralene pellets, is expected to be delivered by the end of this week. The well drilling is anticipated to start by March 6th. Additional odor control measures will be taken for the drilling operation and will be fully explained in the update next week.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

     

    February 20, 2019

    • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
      • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
    • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
    • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
    • Awarded three emergency contracts at Freeholder meeting on Feb. 19 to implement an odor corrective action plan.
    • Last week, five vapor system stations were installed at the Reclamation Center. The non-toxic vapors neutralize the odor as opposed to masking it. The name of the application is Neutralene, and you can read more about it at www.aircaretech.com/neutralene.
    • This week, we will be reviewing the proposal for a Well Field Drilling plan which includes plans for 30 additional wells to be drilled. The emergency contract for this was awarded today and allows us to move forward with this plan starting in early March.
    • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.
        February 12, 2019

        • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
          • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
        • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
        • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
        • The odor control vapor system is being expanded from a pilot site to add an additional three stations in strategic locations, which is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Feb. 15.
        • Anticipate receiving a proposal for a Well Field Drilling Plan which, once finalized, will assist with gas collection from the landfill as well as begin the dewatering o

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