Compaction of Wastes

All disposal activities take place only in areas that have been permitted and constructed for waste placement. These are the areas designated as Phases I through IX. The term "working face" is used to describe the daily active waste disposal area. After off-loading occurs, the solid waste is spread with a Dozer in layers or lifts approximately two-feet in thickness. These layers are then rolled over with a Compactor making a minimum of 3 passes. The Compactors utilized at Covel Gardens weigh approximately 120,000 lbs. Compacting eliminates voids in the waste mass and conserves valuable airspace within the landfill. All Waste Management equipment operators receive extensive training with regard to working face operational methods. The working face develops throughout each working day as layer after layer of waste is placed and compacted.

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