ACC Awarded Putnam County, Florida Contract

In early 2017, the Florida office of ACC was awarded a five-year solid waste consulting contact by Putnam County, Florida.  This contract award followed a process which began in November of2106 with a Request for Qualifications followed by a screening process by a three person Selection Committee and a final approval by the Board of County Commissioners.  ACC was one of five firms that submitted their qualifications.  Putnam County is located about 60 miles south west of Jacksonville and about a three hour drive from our Tampa and Savannah offices. 

Under the terms of the contract ACC will provide solid waste consulting services on an as needed basis.  Typical services include: Solid Waste Landfill Design, Expansion, Permitting & Construction Management; Closure Design, Permitting and Construction Management; Development of Solid Waste Master Plans; Design, Permitting and Construction Management to Retro-fit Existing Facilities; Groundwater Sampling & Reporting; Contamination Evaluation & Remediation; Solid Waste Accounting Services; Design, Permitting and Construction of Recycling Facilities; Leachate Collection, Treatment and Disposal; and Landfill Gas System Services.

We are very excited to serve Putnam County, Florida!

Congratulations to Houston County!

ACC would like to congratulate the Houston County Solid Waste Disposal Facility for receiving the 2016 Award for Outstanding Program - Landfill Management for the SWANA-Georgia Chapter! 

This award is well-earned for Houston County. Located in middle-Georgia, the facility serves as a regional landfill for Houston County and three adjacent counties. They provide separate MSW and C& D landfill areas, yard waste mulching/composting and recycling drop-off areas. This facility stands as a model to others in the state and the country for its fiduciary accountability, environmental compliance, operating efficiency, waste reduction and reuse efforts. The County’s foresight into the future is demonstrated by their land acquisitions for expansions and buffers and by their “green” initiatives. The landfill gas to energy facility, a public-private partnership, has environmental and financial benefits by producing “green power” that can generate enough electricity to power 1,680 homes.

 Mr. Robbie Dunbar and Mr. Terry Dietsch of Houston County and Mr. William Cook of Georgia EPD Solid Waste Program were at the SWANA-Georgia Fall Conference Opening Luncheon at Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island to receive the award.

Mr. Robbie Dunbar and Mr. Terry Dietsch of Houston County and Mr. William Cook of Georgia EPD Solid Waste Program were at the SWANA-Georgia Fall Conference Opening Luncheon at Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island to receive the award.


Congratulations Houston County!

The World comes to Dublin, Georgia to Compete!

On May 11, 2016, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter held its annual Chapter Equipment, Mechanic, and Truck Road-E-O in Dublin, Georgia.  The Chapter event was held to qualify competitors for the SWANA International Road-E-O which will be held in Dublin, Georgia September 2nd through 4th 2016 – competition day is September 3rd.  The SWANA International competition will establish the “best” Equipment Operator, Mechanic, and Truck Driver in the Solid Waste Industry – at least for 2016 – by testing competitor’s skills in maneuvering through challenging course for operators and drivers, or solving complex problems for mechanics.  The top overall finisher in equipment, mechanic, and truck events will be declared the “Top Gun” of the event for 2016.

The equipment, mechanic, and truck Road-E-Os are just one way that SWANA to gives back to and recognizes the outstanding personnel in our industry.

The Georgia Chapter event held on May 11, 2016 qualified competitors from both the private and public sectors.  Competitions were held for automated side- loader, front load, rear load, roll-off, and tractor trailer under the truck categories; dozer, articulated dump truck (ADT), rubber-tired loader, and track hoe in the equipment categories; and mechanics.  The top two finishers in each event qualified for the International Road-E-O; therefore 22 of the Georgia competitors are eligible for the International event.  The Top Guns of the Georgia Chapter Road-E-O will be sponsored by the Chapter (i.e. expenses covered) for the International Road-E-O.  Georgia Chapter Road-E-O Top Guns for 2016 were:

So while the rest of the world watches the August 2016 competitions in Rio de Janeiro, the Solid Waste Industry has their eyes set on Dublin, Georgia to see who are the 2016 International Road-E-O Top Guns!


SWANA Spring Conference - Georgia

ACC President/ CEO Murray K. Griffin, P.E. presented on Leachate Management in Georgia at the Georgia Chapter of SWANA’s Spring Conference held at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa on April 18-20, 2016.  A survey was conducted by ACC and results were received for 27 of the operating lined MSW landfills and 5 closed lined MSW landfills. According to the survey, 15 sites (47%) currently haul untreated leachate to Publicly Owned Treatment Works facilities (POTW). Three sites (9%) haul untreated leachate to privately owned treatment plants. Somewhat surprisingly, only 6 sites (19%) are currently recirculating leachate back into the landfill. Other sites are permitted for recirculation but have chosen to not recirculate at this time. Eleven sites (34%) discharge untreated leachate directly to a sanitary sewer. Two sites (6%) discharges pre-treated leachate directly to a sanitary sewer. Two sites (6%) currently handle their leachate onsite using the ROCHEM Landfill Leachate System.

The SWANA Landfill Management Technical Division did a similar survey last year which returned 180 responses from across the US. The SWANA survey found that 47% of the sites discharge untreated leachate to a POTW, 13% discharge pretreated leachate to a POTW, 18% treat their leachate onsite, and 22% do something else. Comparing the SWANA survey results to the Georgia survey concluded that a much larger percentage of landfills in other states are either pretreating or treating their leachate onsite. ACC believes that leachate pretreatment or onsite leachate treatment will be required for most sites within the next 5-10 years.