Champ Landfill is a modern municipal solid waste disposal facility in Champ, Missouri permitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and St. Louis County Department of Health.
The Champ Landfill started operations on 1974 to serve the disposal needs of the western St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The landfill permitted footprint is 254 acres on the 523 acre site with a 129 million cubic yard capacity. The landfill has the capacity to serve customers for decades. Each year, the landfill generates approximately $2 million in revenue for the State of Missouri and $1 million in revenue for St. Louis County.
The Champ Landfill accepts approximately one fifth (1/5) of waste disposed of in the State of Missouri. We estimate that Champ Landfill serves approximately 1 million residents in the St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties. Waste Connections of Missouri directly employs over 200 local individuals.
The IESI MO Champ Landfill, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Connections. Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in the U.S. and Canada. Waste Connections serves more than 7 million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers from a network of operations in 40 states, 5 provinces and the District of Columbia.
Across the United States and Canada, everything Waste Connections Inc. does today is with an eye towards the future. We constantly monitor and evaluate new technologies and programs that can enhance their commitment to the environment and improve their competitive positioning. Within the industry, these changes have historically been evolutionary in nature, but there is an enormous effort currently being made in alternative technologies to reduce landfill disposal, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and harness biofuels.
Environmental, organizational and financial sustainability initiatives have been key components of Waste Connections' success since they were founded in 1997. They remain committed to growing and expanding these efforts as the industry and technology continue to evolve.
Waste Connections is a Partner in the EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).
Defined by the EPA:
Modern landfills are well-engineered and managed facilities for the disposal of solid waste. Landfills are located, designed, operated and monitored to ensure compliance with federal regulations. They are also designed to protect the environment from contaminants, which may be present in the waste stream.
Landfills cannot be built in environmentally-sensitive areas, and they are placed using on-site environmental monitoring systems. These monitoring systems check for any sign of groundwater contamination and for landfill gas, as well as provide additional safeguards.
Today's landfills must meet stringent design, operation and closure requirements established under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Defined by the EPA:
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, was enacted by Congress in 1976. RCRA's primary goals are to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, to conserve energy and natural resources, to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to ensure that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner.
Municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLF), like the Champ Landfill, must comply with Subtitle D of RCRA or the equivalent state regulations. The EPA's Federal MSWLF standards include:
Between 2016 and 2017, the Champ Landfill has completed installation of over 80 landfill gas wells.
There is nothing random about the ongoing operations of today's engineered landfills. The Champ Landfill follows an effective operating plan based on many site variables. Here are just a few of the numerous steps the landfill takes to ensure the safety of everyone and the environment.
Everyone who works at the landfill is carefully selected, trained and supervised with particular attention to safety.
Public access is controlled to prevent unauthorized traffic and illegal waste dumping. The Champ Landfill utilizes fences, ditches, berms, and locking gates to control unauthorized access to the landfill.
When required, the landfill management may close the landfill due to high winds or other extreme weather conditions. When the weather is poor, check the website for closure alerts.
The Champ Landfill is licensed to only accept certain materials and has procedures in place to randomly inspect incoming loads and to report to authorities when hazardous wastes are detected.
In addition to the engineered protective landfill layers, landfills are made up of a series of sections called cells. Landfill cells are the basic building block of any landfill. A limited number of cells are exposed each day which is known as the active or working face. By working on a limited space each day, it allows the professional equipment operators to achieve high-in-place waste densities to extend the life of the landfill. A smaller working face also reduces flying dust and litter.
At transfer stations in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties, waste is loaded into fixed floor trailers because they can haul more weight to the landfill at a lower cost. When these trailers come to the Champ Landfill, trained personnel use a trailer tipper to unload these refuse trailers and containers. Not only does the tipper unload a trailer all at once, this technology reduces the size of the working face.
There is both applied engineering and technical skill involved in compacting waste on the working face, and this critical activity helps extend the life of the landfill. The number of passes the steel-wheeled compactor makes depends on the wheel pressure, waste compressibility and the compaction layer thickness. Compaction at Champ Landfill is typically achieved with a Caterpillar 836 compactor.
For safety and environmental reasons, the professional equipment operators cover the working face with specific material at the end of every day. This covering reduces waste exposure to birds, insects, rodents and littering. Daily waste covering is typically done with a Caterpillar D6 or D8 bulldozer.