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New Flare Installed at ACUA Landfill Will Increase Efficiency, Decrease Odors

Jan 12, 2017

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) recently installed a new enclosed flare at its landfill to improve efficiency and decrease odors.

The flare is used to burn excess landfill gas that is not used to generate electricity through ACUA’s existing landfill gas to energy project. The flare converts methane found in landfill gas into carbon dioxide, a less harmful greenhouse gas.

The new flare will burn the excess landfill gas at a much higher efficiency than the older flare that was removed. As a result, odors and emissions will be greatly reduced.

The project cost approximately $440,000 and is representative of the infrastructure improvements being made across the Authority’s facilities.

“ACUA is dedicated to maintaining and improving its infrastructure across both our solid waste and wastewater facilities,” said President Rick Dovey. “We continually asses our infrastructure and have responsibly planned for projects that will target areas most in need.”

Over the past two years, ACUA has installed dozens of additional gas recovery wells to improve its landfill gas collection system as well as a temporary cap to cover open portions of the landfill. Both projects greatly improve gas collection efficiency and reduce odors.

ACUA’s Wastewater Facility will be undergoing a number of resiliency projects in 2017 to protect its critical infrastructure from storms and flooding, including the installation of a protective seawall, permanent sumps, upgrades to emergency power and the removal of underground storage tanks. Other infrastructure undergoing upgrades are the Brigantine Force Main, bar screens, and the sewer sludge incinerator.

The need for critical infrastructure upgrades is a topic that has been making headlines across the country. The American Society of Civil Engineers, which releases a yearly Report Card for Infrastructure, recently rated New Jersey a B- for its solid waste infrastructure and a D for wastewater infrastructure.