Magnet and steel
“We sat down with Henry Sorgen and asked for suggestions and he came back with the excavator, grapple and a magnet and made it happen. With Highway Equipment, we say what we want to do and they recommend the right machine,” Alexander added.
Right now, the wood is processed with a Volvo L150E wheel loader and becomes salable landscape mulch, the four types of metal (prepared, unprepared, cast and stainless) are recycled and then processed using a Volvo L30 compact wheel loader, and the cardboard is recycled, baled, stored and sold.
Divided by Route 220, 60 acres of the landfill are closed so they can be mined out and reused later. The 33 active acres of landfill on the other side of the 220 are where Lee Linberg sorts recyclables into three separate buckets, each day.
Get your goat on
As Linberg’s Volvo EC140C excavator crawls over the landfill, there are 35 goats, whose parents were donated to the site’s clean acres eight years ago by a local resident, going about their daily duties of “vegetation control and public relations.”
“There is a lot of traffic on the 220 as people travel between New York and Virginia,” Alexander said. “Living here, the goats make the public comfortable that this is a safe environment.”
The landfill is a partner in the community, financially supporting local fire companies, students, charities, baseball fields, a summer camp, concerts and more. In addition to sponsoring many recycling efforts and environmental education, the landfill also donates landscaping mulch to residents, dirt to the ball fields, clay to the Clinton County Speedway, and sand for the 4-H Fairgrounds Arena. Jay Alexander also hosts increasingly popular public tours at the site.
Volvo plays a big role as well. Alexander said his employees are fans of the Volvo construction product. The landfill uses two A35C articulated haulers, an EC360B excavator and an EC360C excavator with a stump splitter and thumb for site work. From operating costs to performance and comfort, “Volvo is top of the line,” he said.
“Everyone here picks a Volvo over everything else. I’ve seen guys walk a quarter mile past a Cat to get to a Volvo. They’re more comfortable and they run smoother and everyone knows it—the machines live up to the standards we set for them. We see the difference day in and day out.”
Alexander has three children with his wife, Juli. When they’re not following Pittsburgh Steelers football and NASCAR, playing baseball, basketball or hunting, they are among the youngest to see the good things a landfill can accomplish. Cody, 16, Cole, 14, and Caylyn, 12, all help with the fuel truck, weeding, mowing, and, of course, giving hay to the herd of goats.
Long live … everything
The more numbers the landfill crunches, the better it performs. The team has gone so far as to compare the Volvo EC360 excavator with the Caterpillar 330 excavator head-to-head and found that the Volvo burned 4.3 less gallons of fuel per hour than the Cat. That’s efficient and good for the environment!
There’s definitely something different going on at Wayne Township—tons are leaving the landfill, rather than staying. It’s time for everyone to take notice. Just follow the goats.
“We first looked at it strictly from an economic point of view. The benefit to the environment just came right along with it.”
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