Solid Waste

The Problem

Solid waste is composed of a wide variety of materials ranging from small quantity generator hazardous waste to grass and leaves. Separation of waste into its components and recycling each component is an attractive concept, but often difficult to achieve in an efficient, cost-effective manner. A wide variety of handling and disposal technologies are available for solid waste management. Yet siting and permitting of solid waste facilities is highly controversial. As a result, costs have escalated and the number of legally permitted facilities has declined.

  • Promulgation of Federal Subtitle D landfill criteria has resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of landfills nationally.
  • The Northeast United States has survived its first waste disposal crisis, but tipping fees have skyrocketed in the last 15 years.
  • Recycling is being promoted as a panacea in some States, but doubts remain as to its true costs.
  • Technologies for beneficial use of recyclables continue to evolve and provide incentives for investors to remanufacture products from recyclable materials.

The Solution

The SAI approach is based on experience of key personnel who were responsible for developing New Jersey’s innovative solid waste management program. This approach includes comprehensive planning, thorough technology evaluation, developing aggressive regulatory approaches, and designing state-of-the-art facilities. The SAI approach also uses the practical experience of managing a comprehensive program to meet the needs of solid waste program development around the world and problem-solving for the client’s specific project needs.

The SAI Team has developed special expertise in solid waste management by a unique exposure to developing program requirements and assisting clients in projects designed to meet these requirements. This unique public/private perspective has led to assignments ranging from permit applications to meet state solid waste laws in the U.S. to proposing new standards for developing countries overseas.

    Our experience in solid waste programs includes:

  • Recycling centers
  • Transfer stations
  • New landfills
  • Closure/redevelopment of old landfills
  • Incineration of special wastes
  • Beneficial use of a wide range of recyclable materials

    Some of our projects have included:

  • Closure and remediation plans for a 320-acre landfill
  • Design of a 250-ton/day transfer station
  • Preliminary design of a new 1,000-acre landfill overseas
  • Permitting assistance on major resource recovery projects


    Our Range Of Sevices

  • Development of Overall Master Plans
  • Site Evaluation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Remedial Investigations
  • Groundwater/Geohydrology/Modeling
  • Preparation of Enviornmental and Health Impact Statements
  • Design of Recycling Centers, Materials Recovery Facilities, and Landfills
  • Permittting Support for Associated Permits
  • Air Permits for Transfer Stations and Resource Recovery Facilities
  • Landfill Closure and Remediation Plans
  • Redevelopment Plans for Old Landfill Sites
  • Landfill Recycling Projects
  • Waste Audits
  • Contract Evaluation/Assistance in Procurement
  • Applications for Beneficial User of Recyclables