The Waste Word Blog

  • How We’re Increasing Disposal Capacity at our Landfill
    August 27, 2019

    The landfill at ACUA’s Environmental Park has been in operation since 1991. It is separated into sections called cells, which hold solid waste generated from Atlantic County homes and business. When one cell reaches capacity, it is closed off, and a new cell is constructed to begin making space for more trash. 

    The landfill was originally permitted to contain eleven cells. ACUA’s final cell was constructed in 2014, and is now in use.

    MSE Berm 1

    To prepare for the future, ACUA researched ways to increase disposal capacity and decided upon an innovative structure called a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) berm, which has been used by other landfills in the region.

    MSE Berm 2

    MSE berms are barriers made of compacted soil that are stacked in 18-inch layers on a slight angle, giving it a steep formation. The face of each layer is bound with straw netting, a polyester geogrid and reinforced steel.

    MSE Berm 3

    Landfill Cell Layout

    ACUA’s MSE berm will wrap approximately 5,500 feet from cell 9 to cell 3, creating added space along the landfill’s interior slope to store trash. Height will vary across different sections; the maximum will be approximately 60 feet tall.

    Once completed, grass will be planted along the exterior of the berm, and a “trash fence” made of netting will be placed along the side to catch any debris that may be wind-blown during landfilling.

    The project will be broken into three phases. The first phase of the project will cost $9.4 million. Construction on phase one of the project began in May 2019, and the first part of this phase is expected to open for waste storage in November 2019. After this is completed, ACUA will bid on phase two, and later, phase three of the project. All phases are expected to be complete in 2026.

    MSE Berm 5

    MSE Berm 4

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