According to the US Census Bureau, the current U.S. population is roughly 319 million. And while these 319 million residents have a number of distinguishing, sometimes unique, characteristics which link and separate them, one of the overarching commonalities we all share is our ability to generate garbage.
Today, our garbage, or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), is collected and deposited into highly engineered facilities known as landfills. Gone are the city dumps of the early 19th century where rainwater would regularly wash uncovered pollutants from unlined holes into our lakes and streams. Now, every day these membrane-lined landfills receive, layer, compact, and cover municipal waste in specially designed pits or cells. And, each engineered cell must be filled according to the permitted design file in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations; failure to comply will certainly result in substantial fines.
RDO Integrated Controls has been offering a solution to landfill managers in the form of GNSS and GPS technology. In short, GPS technology allows landfill managers to pivot from the costly, labor intensive and fairly inaccurate practice of driving wooden stakes into the landfill for grade reference. For the past several years, the RDOIC team has been showcasing the Carlson Software GPS LandfillGradeTM System to municipal and privately run landfills. Once installed, landfill managers quickly see significant improvement in the form of tighter, more accurate slopes, and better overall waste compaction.
With this in mind, Account Manager Michael Schmaltz approached the municipal landfill for the City of Minot, ND, and offered them a chance to greatly improve their site’s operational profile. Mike coordinated a product demonstration with the City Sanitation Superintendent, installing the Carlson GPS system on their landfill compactor. For several weeks, Mike worked closely with the landfill team; checking the surface of the landfill, swapping out a base with UHF radio, training operators on the equipment, checking software connection status, and generally managing the project from the front.
After several weeks of running the Carlson system on their landfill, the equipment operators and management staff could easily see improvements to their engineered slopes. These improvements translated to improved management of their incoming waste stream, increase in trash compaction, and more control of the site’s landfill-water-runoff – all regulatory hot button items.
The Carlson LandfillGradeTM System quickly proved its worth: the return on investment was proven in how fast the equipment operators integrated the new technology into their daily compacting activities, and how rapidly that integration positively transformed the landfill surface. More importantly, the service and support aspect of the product demonstration, from beginning to end, was the shining example of how our team approaches landfill customers. The technology side, paired with Mike’s commitment to training and supporting the landfill, has set the bar high and demonstrated one of our company’s Core Values: Build Customers for Life.
In summary, as RDO Equipment Co. and RDO Integrated Controls build future business opportunities using innovation, technology, and strategic thinking, we’re never far from the roots of what has made us successful in the first place – our team members’ personal commitment to our customers.
Finally, though landfills are not the most attractive workplace on the planet, they’re an integral part of any municipalities’ infrastructure. It’s clear that we’re committed to our landfill customers, ensuring they’re afforded with the latest in technology advancements.