Get Ahead of the Proposed Solid Waste Industry Changes
Over the past year and a half, Walden has been actively participating in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS DEC, development process of rewriting its 6 NYCRR Part 360 solid waste regulations. These regulations were most recently updated back in 1993, before Walden Environmental Engineering was even founded. Many New York stakeholders feel like it’s time for a change. Walden recognizes that this change is coming and it will have a great effect on our clients in the solid waste industry. As a result of the pending change, Walden is currently seeking an experienced solid waste engineer with up-to-date knowledge on the proposed solid waste regulation updates. For more information, see below and visit our careers page.
Illegal Solid Waste Sites
Walden has experience with many properties upon which solid waste, such as asphalt milling waste, fill, construction and demolition material, has been illegally dumped. These properties are known as “illegal solid waste sites.” Often, Walden questions the protocol for investigation established by the DEC for these sites. Instead, Walden frequently proposes an investigative scope of work, designed to prove that hazardous waste or petroleum contaminated soil has not been included in the dumping. Walden, along with much of the solid waste industry, anticipated the rewritten Part 360 regulations to include a section for illegal sites, however, nothing of the sort was included in the most recent draft regulations, released in June 2017. Once again, the DEC operates as if illegal sites will not be produced as a result of its proposed waste tracking system (which is outlined in the new rule). Will a waste tracking system keep these illegal sites from being created? Only time will tell.
Solid Waste Expertise
Walden’s solid waste practice grew dramatically back in December 2014 when Walden merged with Shapiro Engineering, a highly respected professional engineering firm with a focus on solid waste permitting and facility operation design. With the DEC’s most recent release of draft solid waste regulation updates, now split into 8 sections, the DEC will require formerly registered fill material transfer stations to obtain a full permit. In addition the regulation will require new construction and demolition (C&D) debris facilities to operate indoors.
Walden understands that these changes will greatly affect how solid waste is handled, managed and ultimately processed toward final reuse and how these changes will affect the industry. Walden urges members of the solid waste industry to evaluate the changes and prepare their operations for the new regulations. Walden anticipates that some companies who have long operated in this industry will drop out, finding retirement a better options than compliance. This will, in turn, allow some operators to acquire new business. Walden is available to help formulate business expansion plans or design the siting of new facilities. Walden also offers consulting services for current registered facilities, helping navigate the new Part 360 rules to obtain a full Solid Waste Operational Permit.
Growth Opportunities with Walden
At Walden, we see additional opportunities and anticipate the needs of our existing solid waste clients. Therefore, we seek to hire up to two environmental professionals with 5+ years of experience in solid waste permitting and operations in New York State immediately. Walden views a valid Professional Engineer license in New York State, as a plus. Additional job requirements include experience with:
- CAD operation
- Familiarity with New York City solid waste rules
- Stormwater permitting
- Air permitting and control
- Noise control
- Wetland Rules
At Walden, everyone is treated with professional respect, trained to become the professional you envision yourself to be and offered competitive salary and benefits. Last year under our profit sharing plan, Walden awarded bonuses to all employees of 20% of their annual salary. Walden believes that professional services can be delivered for a fair price. If you are interested in joining our team, please check out our careers website.
If you wish to learn more about how Walden views changes to Part 360 changes and how they will affect your operations, please browse our other Part 360 posts.
And check out our Solid Waste Regulations Updates webpage.