Landfill Profitability
Landfill Profitability

Using Technology To Boost Landfill Profitability

One of the things that makes the landfill business challenging is that you’re basically selling empty space. The goal, then, is to pack as much waste into that space as you can while working as efficiently as possible. To that end, modern equipment and management technologies can help you squeeze more profit from every ton of waste your operation takes in.

Maximize Airspace Utilization and Waste Density with Compaction Control

Enhanced compaction control systems and 3D mapping technologies give equipment operators accurate information on compaction operations.  It can also provide landfill managers with vital feedback on airspace utilization.

And instead of tracking airspace through ground surveys, equipment with mapping-technology can track compaction progress and effectiveness in near real time. These technologies work to maximize airspace utilization and waste density across your site.

Optimize Slopes And Fill Depth With 3D GPS Guidance

The general rule for landfill slopes is “flatter is better.” By helping your operators optimize slopes, 3D machine guidance systems such as Cat Grade for dozers, enables your compactors to move faster and deliver more tooth penetrations per day. Maintaining a 3-to-1 run-to-rise ratio, for example, will roughly double the number of tooth penetrations on a given area compared to working on a 5-to-1 ratio slope.

GPS guidance is useful, too, in measuring depth of fill and tracking surface elevations. Sure, there will always be a need for on-site ground surveys for official reporting, but GPS guidance equipment can dramatically reduce the time, effort and safety concerns inherent in manual staking and measurement.

Track Fleet Operations Through Production Monitoring

Production-monitoring technologies gather and analyze equipment- and site-generated data on an ongoing basis. A comprehensive whole-site management system, such as VisionLink, gives you’re the timely, accurate information you need to optimize fleet size and machine deployment across your site. 

It can also help guide you to the right machines for your operation. As a rule, the more waste received each day, the larger your compaction equipment needs to be and the more machines you’ll need. 

For example, a site receiving less than 500 tons-per-day will require lighter-weight compactors, such as the Cat 816 Landfill Compactor (operational weight approximately 57,000 pounds), while a site that received up to 750 tons per day would want a heavier model, such as the Cat 826K (around 90,000 pounds).  Support equipment, including, dozers and tracked front-end loaders, also needs to be upsized as daily tonnage increases.

By providing everything from a “30,000-foot” whole site overview down to detailed information on individual machine operations, operations and production monitoring systems like VisionLink enable you to identify operational inefficiencies. In turn, that lets you quickly address issues that impact utilization, idle time, repair & maintenance downtime, and more. 

Improve Safety With Detection & Remote Control Systems 

On top of all those operational benefits, today’s equipment monitoring technologies can help you improve safety across your operation. Simply by letting you know where each piece of equipment is working at all times, they can help you better manage site vehicle and foot traffic to keep people out of harm’s way. 

There are personnel detection and site safety systems available, too, that up the ante for safety around the worksite. You’ll find a wide variety of camera, E-fence and sensor system under the Cat Detect banner, for example. One type of system, known as Object Detection, works to gives operators a complete picture of other machines, hazardous conditions and personnel around the machine.

These days, you can also consider using remote control equipment to mitigate safety issue. Cat Command systems allows operators to handle tough jobs remotely, either from off the machine or in a climate-controlled environment located onsite or many miles away 

Best of all, machine-based systems, whole-site monitoring technology options and remote control equipment systems are scalable and customizable for your needs. As a result, you can create a safer working environment across your operation, helping to ensure that everyone gets home safely every day. 

Technology Gives You An Edge

The icing on the cake is that using machine- and data-based technologies throughout your business sets you apart from your competitors. 

Using technology to guide, monitor and record machine operations will help you deliver the highest possible total waste mass volume, letting you operate longer on your current site. 

Along with maximizing operator safety, remote control equipment systems open the door for hard-to-attract talent, such as younger operators, experienced older employees who would otherwise age out of hazardous onsite jobs and veterans with disabilities.

Production monitoring systems can provide historical data to demonstrate that you operate your existing landfills in an efficient, safe and effective manner. In turn, that will help you navigate the political processes of opening new sites or expanding existing operations. In the end, you win more bids and bolster your reputation as a responsible waste management provider. 

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