WASTE MANAGEMENT REVIEW December 1, 2021, 2:28 PM

tarpARMOR Tarp Deployment Systems are proving to be an efficient alternative waste cover for landfill owners.

For landfill operators such as Dylan Julius, maintaining landfill sites while also adhering to industry compliance are two main priorities to sustain a day-to-day operation.

As the Operations Manager at Select Civil in Sydney, Dylan uses tarpARMOR Tarp Deployment Systems (TDS) distributed and serviced in Australia by Jaylon, to ensure the business stays in line with regulation.

“We provide landfill services to mainly SUEZ, across some of their sites in Australia. We currently have six sites in operation,” Dylan says. “Once waste comes onto site we deal with customers and enforce compliance.

“The tarps are essential when we are talking about compliance with EPA regulations. At the end of each day, all of the waste needs to be covered. We can’t have any exposed waste. To do this we use a combination of VENM (virgin excavated natural material) on traffic-able areas for customers, but on the working face we use tarps.”

tarpARMOR TDS provide operators with a sustainable alternative to ground and dirt cover – you can use the same tarp over again, rather than rely on a supply of soil.

Select Civil is using four tarpARMOR TDS, which are easily put in place using wireless remote control with engine stop, engine start, spool load, spool unload, spool wind and spool unwind commands.

The new XS-series of TDS, with interchangeable spools, comes in both 30 feet (9.144 metres) and 40 feet (12.192) options, providing flexibility to operators.

Dylan says the tarpARMOR TDS has enabled Select Civil to reduce its impact on the environment.

“This is really important when we are wanting to save airspace. The tarps are rolled out and deployed every night and rolled up every morning,” he says. “They’re key for us to stop wind blowing litter around our sites, as well as reducing odours and lowering emissions coming from the landfill site. They are also used to diminish the generation of leachate,” he says.

Dylan says maintaining optimal airspace is important for an operation such as Select Civil’s.

“If you cover an area using dirt, it is very hard to reclaim that material on a tip face,” he says. “If you are using tarps they don’t take up any airspace because you just take them off each day. That is a huge win to the landfill owner.

“They are also handy to keep some water out of landfill in case it does rain.”

A self-aligning spool drive cage on the XS series TDS allows spools to be easily interchanged by one operator without requiring assistance. The efficient and timely set-up is one of the biggest benefits, says Dylan.

“Typically, a TDS deployment system is quick to deploy, usually as little as 30 minutes. For the benefits that the tarps give you, it is very quick,” he says. “It’s been six or seven years that we have been using the tarps. Tarps are definitely the way to go, there really is no comparison in terms of alternatives.

“If you were to talk to our guys on the ground you would get positive feedback. It’s rare that we have downtime for faults or repairs. They are a quality and reliable machine.”

The tarps can also be set up when there is minimal light, thanks to the TDS 174 Watt Cree LED 4 Lamp Lighting System. Additional features of the XS series include a cab camera that provides full visibility and a remote-control engine stop-start function.

The system can also be rigged to a range of bulldozer models, including those which process 100 tonnes or more a day.

Select Civil has been supported by tarpARMOR TDS distributors Jaylon and will order further units to boost the existing fleet.

“It really comes down to quality, the quality of the tarps is just better than others on the market,” Dylan said. “The service is always really good from Jaylon. I really can’t fault Jaylon’s service for our applications, I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending them. We have recently just ordered a XS multi spool unit, so I look forward to seeing that in operation.”

For Select Civil, the use of tarps for its landfill operations is an obvious choice, Dylan says.

“For anyone who did a cost-benefit analysis, it really is a no-brainer,” he says. “The tarps more than pay for themselves in the long run, even with having to replace tarps each year. It is better than using alternatives such as dirt cover.”

A single operator can roll out the tarps, without the help of a spotter.

This article was originally published by Waste Management Review and can also be found here.