Commercial and Public Disposal
After customers are received at the scale house, they are directed to the appropriate receiving area, where their trash is dumped on the facility floor to begin processing. Technicians evaluate the waste and use front-end loaders to push the material to the conveyor belts. After an initial sort from ground crews and excavators, the material is placed on a revolving belt that lifts the material to a second, elevated belt flanked by workers. As the material passes by each sorting station, specific recyclables (e.g. wood, metal, cardboard, etc.) are pulled from the waste stream and dropped into large dumpsters designated for each material type. When the dumpsters are full, roll off trucks remove the material to either be baled or taken “topside” for further processing.
The final processing destination for inert material is at our “topside” operation. Source-separated loads or material collected at the MRF is assessed for content by a technician upon arrival. Once separated, material is processed for shipment out as a commodity or used on site as base. Commodities we sell include wood chips, pine needles, top soil and fill dirt. Materials used to build working plateaus include asphalt and base rock. Either method of recovery ensures the material is diverted from landfill.
After the sorting process is complete for both residential and commercial garbage, the final residual material is top-loaded into “possum belly” transfer trucks and hauled to a landfill. With the hard work and effort from everyone at Eastern Regional Landfill, the facility boasts a near 50% diversion rate. Our primary goal is to keep as much recyclable and reusable material out of the landfill as possible.