VROMI workers mix a load of ADC for disbursement.
POND ISLAND–The National Recovery Programme Bureau (NRPB) provided training to the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI on proper usage of the procured alternative daily cover (ADC) materials and equipment for the landfill.
Facilitated by LSC Environmental Products on behalf of NRPB, the four-day workshop provided training on the setting-up, operation and maintenance of the specialised equipment, and the preparation and application of ADC material.
The use of the ADC mixture reduces odours and vectors such as flies, birds and rodents that can carry diseases, NRPB said in a press release on Sunday. The consistent application of ADC will further help to reduce the chances of future surface fires on the landfill.
Delivered in August, the ADC equipment and materials will be used to cover the waste disposed of during the day with a special water/clay/cement mixture. The applicator carrying about 2,000 pounds of the mixture is capable of spraying up to 50 metres away and covering between 1,000 and 2,000 square metres with each load.
LSC Environmental Products will continue to provide remote assistance to the VROMI Ministry and the newly-trained operators.
“The ADC material is a great alternative to use as daily coverage of the waste on the landfill,” said Department of Infrastructure head Claudius Buncamper. “Financial projections will show the worth of this investment, as the ADC material uses far less space than the sill that we are currently using.
“Also, once covered, the waste is no longer burnable and poses no health ramifications to the general public. The trade-off, however, may be a discoloration of the landfill, as the ADC, because it is a cement-based material, has a grey coating.”
In addition to the ADC, NRPB is currently finalising the procurement of additional heavy equipment such as a compactor and bulldozer for continued improvement of landfill management. This activity is part of the Emergency Debris Management Project (EDMP) funded by the St. Maarten Trust Fund, which is financed by the government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank and implemented by the NRPB.
Newly trained VROMI workers (in orange) stand next to LSC Environmental Products instructors.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/90500-vromi-staffers-trained-on-new-landfill-cover-material