Landfills Technology

Key Technologies That Make Landfill Operations More Robust



In this article, we’ll take a look at how landfill firms may use  Internet of Things, remote monitoring, and control technologies to improve the efficiency of their daily operations.

Major advancements in landfill technology have taken place over the course of the past few years. These advancements include lower prices for sensors and other equipment, advancements in communication technologies (such as improved radios and communication protocols, as well as high-speed and low-cost cellular internet), and advancements in systems integration software. Using technology for remote monitoring and control, in addition to the Internet of Thing (IoT), as part of day-to-day corporate operations is one of the most important implementations.


The Internet of Things is rapidly linking businesses, processes, & people on  scale that was before inconceivable as a result of the proliferation of  cloud computing, IT  analytics,  smart devices, and applications. According to research conducted by McKinsey, applications of the internet of things have the potential to produce an annual economic effect of up to $11.1 trillion by the year 2025.

The Internet of Things is center on the expansion of machine connection with other machines. It is a mobile, virtual, and immediate connection to the circumstances of the dump, and it is built on cloud computing & networks of data-gathering sensors. And it has  ability to “smarten up” all of the machinery and systems that are used in landfills.

The Internet of Things is being used in multiple ways at landfills, and this trend is expected to continue. One example of this is the provision of instantaneous compactor waste  management data through GPS. Another example is the use of drone mapping, which not only includes topographic information for the grading & storm water planning but also thermal imaging to correspond with gas well readings. Finally, IoT is being used for the collection, removal, and treatment of leachate.

One of the most significant applications of this technology, according to Haney, is the GPS monitoring devices installed on all of the heavy equipment.

“These systems monitor the function of  piece of equipment & send email warnings in real time for a variety of essential systems on these piece of equipment,” “These systems monitor the function of the piece of equipment.”

There may be a warning, for instance, that shows a “high engine coolant temperature.” These systems are also able to notify businesses as to which machines require preventive maintenance (PM) to be performed on them, as well as at what level and with what supplies that maintenance must be carried out.

We use Internet of Thing to connect individual sensors & controls into a unified system that can be controlled, visualized, alarmed, record data, and generate reports. According to Hostetter, these sensors & controls may be positioned within a single landfill or may be dispersed among a number of distinct landfills.

Technologies For Controlling


Control capabilities are often put to use for two purposes: the first is to respond to difficulties that arise with systems outside of normal business hours, and the second is to control many systems simultaneously. Hostetter provides the following scenario as an illustration: a flare station abruptly shuts down; the customer logs into system & determines what caused the breakdown, that no one is surround flare station, and that it is secure to resume it; the customer then remotely restarts the flare.

For the purpose of landfilling, control systems are utilized to give continuous real-time compacted monitoring to machine operators. This helps to maximize the usage of available airspace. They are also utilized to monitor the leachate collection, storage, and treatment systems in order to regulate the performance of the pumps, the levels of the tank storage, and the quality of the effluent.

Control technology are particularly useful in conditions characterized by severe weather and storm events. In such circumstances, it is necessary to perform continuous remote monitoring in order to respond to system failures by putting backup and redundant systems into operation as necessary. Regulate technologies also make it possible to define set points for the automatic running of systems. This means that an operator is not required to constantly manage & manually control the actions of the system in any way.

Landfills are obliged to produce annual reports, which must include a computation of the amount of airspace that has been consumed and the amount of airspace that is still available. Aerial topographic survey have been used for a long time to identify the topography of a site. These scans from year to year can be compared to determine the total airspace that was used, the amount of dirt that was consumed or hoarded, and other similar metrics.

These surveys are currently being carried out with the use of drone technology. When compared to an airliner, it is more simpler to deploy the drones. Both the sharpness of the photographs that were taken and the precision of the data that was gathered are outstanding. We are currently putting to the test a new aerial technology component that makes use of infrared imaging. It is my goal that we will be able to compare the thermal photos in a manner that is analogous to how we compare the aerial topography in order to get an idea of changes and potential problems that may be happening. It is intriguing to be able to compare the ‘thermal signature’ of rubbish that was deposited today with waste that can be up to 20 years old because our facility has been in operating for more than 40 years. It has not yet been fully determined how this technology will be applied or what its overall ramifications will be.