Landfill compactor first of its kind in North America
June 12, 2013 - 11:36 AM
The City of Kelowna’s new waste compactor is helping the Glenmore Landfill think long-term by being environmentally and economically accountable. The state-of-the-art compactor will increase the life expectancy of the landfill by 10 to 14 years as it delivers maximum compaction in minimum time.
“Our new compactor uses the latest technology in waste management equipment which contributes to more efficient landfill operations,” says Ken Muller, Solid Waste Supervisor. “The two-wheeled compactor is more efficient than the previous four-wheeled machine as it improves garbage compaction by 20 per cent, reduces work time by 33 per cent and decreases fuel consumption by 17 per cent.”
Waste at the Glenmore Landfill is now compacted to a greater density more efficiently and cost effectively than ever before. Technology such as the Global Positioning System informs the operator in real time when the necessary level of compaction has been achieved. The landfill’s carbon footprint is also reduced as it takes less pass-throughs to get the job done.
“It’s really important to operate an environmentally-sustainable landfill,” says Muller. “We have the tools and technology but residents must remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. This, coupled with our new compactor, will help the Glenmore Landfill have a long lifespan and reduce the need for future landfills.”
Kelowna is the only municipality in North America to use the state-of-the-art compactor. Designed and built in Finland, the compactor is also being used in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Other municipalities recently visited the Glenmore Landfill to view the compactor and its benefits first-hand.
For more information about waste management programs at the City, visit kelowna.ca/waste.
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