Waste Management wins technology award for innovative environmental platform


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HOUSTON– Sept. 15, 2020–Today at the virtual Ignition Community Conference, Waste Management (WM) is accepting the 2020 Firebrand Award for its landfill technology and automation platform advances. The Company designed an internal solution then contracted with SCS Engineers’ RMC Practice, and Vertech Industrial Solutions to deploy WM’s new innovative ‘Connected Landfills’ pilot.

“Waste Management is excited to be recognized
for our innovative work and use of new technologies,” said Bryan Tindell, vice
president of disposal operations at Waste Management. “Striving
for the most innovative and advanced technology in the world of waste helps
ensure we are able to continue providing essential services for residents,
customers and our communities. The use of advanced technology has also
introduced new ways of working for our employees, further elevating their daily
experience and streamlining our processes.”

WM’s Connected
Landfills system was first piloted at the West Edmonton Landfill in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. The pilot proved to simplify workflows, equipping landfill assets with
internet-connected devices and sensors. Technicians are able to review data
remotely via dashboards on mobile devices, allowing them to monitor changes,
make decisions and even directly interact with equipment with the push of a
button. With less time spent in transit, landfill employees will be able to
spend more time managing landfills’ productivity and health.

“The integration of remote monitoring and
control helps make landfill operations more efficient, sustainable, and creates
a safer environment for landfill staff and the surrounding community,” said
Dave Hostetter, regional manager of SCS RMC®. “That the innovation
is being recognized as well is gratifying.”

This design and integration
advances WM’s existing environmental management platform by increasing worker
safety, the user experience, and running the landfill systems efficiently. It
also supports Waste Management’s commitment to ensuring public safety and
environmental protection for landfill staff and the surrounding community. Landfills, and the
municipalities and companies that operate landfills use sophisticated
technology to manage the complex environmental systems that keep citizens and
the air, water, and soil surrounding landfills healthy. Ongoing collection of data from
these assets, often collected by checking meters positioned throughout landfill
sites, is essential for landfills’ safe operation.

Management operates the largest network of landfills in the industry, managing
the disposal of almost 100 million tons of waste every year at over 250 sites
across Canada and the US. Based on the pilot’s success, WM plans to expand the
Connected Landfills system to other sites throughout North America.


Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, www.wm.com.


SCS Engineers’ environmental solutions and technology are a direct result of our experience and dedication to |solid waste management and other industries responsible for safeguarding the environment while delivering products and services. For more information about SCS, please visit our website at scsengineers.com or watch our 50th Anniversary video.



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