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Riverview Land Preserve Adopts New Alternative Daily Covers to Improve Operations

Riverview Land Preserve (RLP) recently adopted two new Alternative Daily Cover (ADC) systems – durable tarps and biodegradable foam – as part of the daily maintenance of the 211-acre solid waste disposal area. ADC is material that is placed on the active face of a solid waste landfill at the end of each operating day, and this helps eliminate blowing dust and debris, odors, and nuisance birds.

This winter, Jeff Dobek – City of Riverview’s new Assistant City Manager and RLP Director – has been spearheading important capital improvements related to RLP processes like daily cover methods, as well as vital equipment such as the Liebherr Bulldozer to support operations in 2020 and beyond.

“At RLP, we’re always looking for ways to improve and operate the finest modern-day, landfill possible,” said Dobek. “We are committed to local residents, customers and our community partners to provide high-quality service, while protecting environmental resources. At RLP, we’re always looking for ways to improve and operate the finest modern-day, landfill possible. These new daily cover methods will continue to improve our operation.”

For years, RLP has effectively and resourcefully used dirt, shredded recycled tires and wood chips as daily cover; however, cutting-edge ADCs have many benefits such as:

  • Minimizing truck emissions, blowing dust and debris, smells, and nuisance birds
  • Eliminating traditional daily cover costs
  • Lowering daily cover cost expenses for the City of Riverview
  • Utilizing less valuable space in the landfill

Kevin Sisk, the Lead Operator at RLP, supervises a team of 14 operators who are responsible for daily cover. He explained, “The traditional daily cover process used to involve multiple trucks of cover material like wood chips and required an all-day operation; but, with the new tarp and foam methods, I’ve been able to cut down to one truck for 30 minutes. That’s an incredible efficiency and use of taxpayer dollars if you ask me.”

ADC tarp coverings are 30 ft by 107 ft, providing up to 12,000-square-feet of covered space. These extremely durable tarps can be deployed and retrieved on traversable slopes in less than 20 minutes by one operator. ADC foam is a non-hardening, protein-based daily cover product deployed from a self-propelled, single operator vehicle. Approved by the state of Michigan, ADC foam is biodegradable and is no threat to groundwater or workers.  

“The tarps and foam create a safer work environment, reduce waste, maximize the life of the landfill and improve profitability,” Sisk said. “Our workers have found great success with the new ADC – we’re able to deliver a better result and be more proficient with our time at RLP.”

Riverview Land Preserve (RLP) is a Michigan-based licensed, Type II (non-hazardous) solid waste landfill facility, owned and operated by the City of Riverview since 1968. The facility design and operation exceed both state and federal regulations, making it possible to manage a variety of non-hazardous solid wastes, in an environmentally responsible manner. The RLP facilities and services have been designed to meet the needs of municipal, commercial and industrial clients. RLP is an important regional resource that serves Downriver communities including Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte. Learn more at www.riverviewlandpreserve.com.