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Waste Management Services

RPS advises Government, local authorities and the private sector on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, energy recovery and residual disposal.

We advise our clients on the planning and development of integrated waste infrastructure with respect to recycling, composting, waste to energy, MBT and residual landfill.

Our Waste Management services include:

Waste Strategy & Planning

Awareness & Prevention

Resource Management

Web-based reuse

Waste audits & characterisation studies

Materials Management

Biological Treatment

Energy Recovery

Waste to Energy/ District Heating

Construction & Demolition Waste

Hazardous Waste planning & management

Landfill Engineering


Case Studies

Ballyogan Landfill Consultancy

Ballyogan Landfill Consultancy

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Ireland

Development and restoration of Ballyogan landfill in Dublin, including infrastructural improvements, restoration of the landfill and Waste Licence Compliance.

Once appointed in 2002, RPS carried out a comprehensive audit of site operations, and developed a Strategic Improvement Plan for the operation and then progressive closure and restoration of the site. Implementation of the various recommendations of the Plan has been ongoing since then.

Following closure in 2005 upon commissioning of the Ballyogan baling station, restoration of the 40 ha landfill commenced in two stages, over two separate civil works contracts. RPS executed the preliminary design, detailed design and procurement for both contracts. Restoration involved capping of the entire site, surface water management and leachate collection and management works. The second stage of capping was completed in 2010 and involved the completion of a landfill gas collection network.

RPS provides ongoing consultancy services with respect to waste licence compliance, including environmental monitoring.

BMW Surveys for Environmental Protection Agency

BMW Surveys for Environmental Protection Agency

EPA

National Campaign of Biodegradable Municipal Waste Surveys for EPA

In 2009, the EPA reviewed all operational landfill licenses and inserted conditions limiting the acceptance of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) for disposal. This required a mechanism for the determination of the biodegradable content of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). RPS was appointed by the EPA to develop this mechanism through a national campaign of waste characterisation surveys, which measured the BMW content of the various streams including residual waste, organic fines and SRF / RDF arising from pre-treatment facilities.

RPS carried out surveys over a twelve month period on twenty-two facilities representing 85% of mechanically treated municipal waste. This led to the development of seventeen generic BMW factors that could be applied to the various residual waste streams to calculate and report BMW tonnages.

Through the campaign, RPS also produced a protocol for measuring site specific BMW tonnages. The EPA subsequently published a guidance document in 2011 entitled ‘Protocol for the Evaluation of Biodegradable Municipal Waste sent to Landfill’. A joint paper by the EPA and RPS on Ireland’s approach to measuring the diversion of BMW from landfill was presented at the Sardinia 2011 Symposium on International Waste Management.

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL)

RPS provided resource and waste management input to the project from EIS stage through to detailed design and reinstatement stages.

RPS considered resource and materials management in detail in the project EIS. A major element of the materials management plan was the consideration of alternative options for tunnel arisings, with significant geotechnical input from RPS specialists. This was supported at Oral Hearing by an RPS technical expert.

During the construction phase of the project, RPS assisted SEPIL in developing a construction stage waste management plan. Rainwater collection has also been used to support the tunnelling process. An MS Excel based logistics model was also developed to assist SEPIL in managing tunnel arisings and other materials. RPS has also prepared a number of Article 27 Notifications to the EPA for the re-use of tunnel arisings and other surplus materials at other locations.

Development-and-Validation-of-a-Protocol

Environmental Protection Agency

RPS was appointed by the EPA to develop a methodology for measuring the quantity of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sent to landfill.

The Landfill Directive sets limitations on the amount of BMW that can be landfilled in each Member State. In 2009, the EPA transposed these limitations into a maximum allowable BMW content in MSW accepted at landfill. This required a mechanism for the monitoring of the biodegradable content of MSW from various streams including residual waste, organic fines and SRF / RDF arising from pre-treatment facilities. RPS investigated the key issues in the development of methodologies to determine the amount of BMW sent to landfill. RPS also carried out surveys over a twelve month period on twenty-two facilities representing 85% of mechanically treated municipal waste. This led to the development of seventeen generic BMW factors that could be applied to the various residual waste streams to calculate and report BMW tonnages.

RPS also produced a protocol for measuring site specific BMW tonnages. The EPA subsequently published a guidance document in 2011 entitled ‘Protocol for the Evaluation of Biodegradable Municipal Waste sent to Landfill’. A joint paper by the EPA and RPS on Ireland’s approach to measuring the diversion of BMW from landfill was presented at the Sardinia 2011 Symposium on International Waste Management. RPS also provided training to local authority personnel and EPA staff on the use of the protocol.

Dublin Waste to Energy

Dublin Waste to Energy

Dublin City Council

Client Representative for the Dublin Waste to Energy PPP project, providing project management and technical advice.

The objective was to determine the optimum procurement route and procure a thermal treatment plant in the Dublin Region utilising the most up to date technology.

Our role on this project included site selection; managing the entire process through to construction; managing input and baseline monitoring for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); managing the planning and licensing process including Oral Hearings for planning permissions and waste licence; foreshore and CER licence applications.

The project was stalled during a political hiatus 2009 – 2011. This was followed by environmental and commercial objections to the EU Commission on State Aid and Procurement. These were all rejected by the Commission following detailed submissions led by RPS.

Once cleared by the EU Commission, a Value for Money (VFM) Certificate was issued by the National Development Finance Agency. The four Dublin Local Authority CEOs then approved the revised Project Agreement with Covanta on September 19th 2014. Construction commenced thereafter and the plant is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

 

DG Environment, European Commission

RPS was the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award from November 2010 to November 2015 and was reappointed in 2016 to manage both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards. These awards are an initiative of the European Commission.

Since the launch of the award in 2008, seven cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm, Sweden in 2010; Hamburg, Germany in 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque region in 2012; Nantes, in Western France in 2013; the Danish capital, Copenhagen in 2014; Bristol in the UK in 2015; and Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2016. Essen in Germany holds the European Green Capital Award in 2017 and Nijmegan in the Netherlands will hold it in 2018.

As Secretariat, RPS manages the delivery of the competition on both technical and communications levels across the 28 Member States. We are responsible for public awareness through the European Green Capital Award / European Green Leaf website (www.europeangreencapital.eu), Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and through various channels such as brochures and press releases.

The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future. Galway city in Ireland holds the European Green Leaf Award in 2017. In 2016, it was jointly awarded to the Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras.

Hydrogen Cyanide Disposal Project

Hydrogen Cyanide Disposal Project

South Dublin County Council

Ireland

RPS provided expert advice to South Dublin County Council on the safe disposal of 'out of date' cylinders of hydrogen cyanide, which had been in storage for several decades.

There were public concerns regarding the safe handling of the waste cyanide, which is a toxic poison, as the cylinders were present on an industrial site located in a densely populated area. RPS advised the client on the most environmentally safe disposal methods available and managed the entire process of chemical neutralisation in lieu of the intended destruction by army explosives in a remote area.

Chemical neutralisation was selected as the most appropriate disposal solution following consultations with our Explosive Engineering Division. Following detailed planning and assessment of the contents, the cylinders were then transported under heavy police escort at night to a designated site and chemically neutralised. The resulting inert liquid residues and cylinders were then transported to Rotterdam for hazardous waste incineration.

As part of the project, RPS provided a fully integrated service undertaking logistical design, management of the operation and providing 'public information centres' at the neutralisation locations. We also undertook air, soil and surface water monitoring prior to, during and post completion of the neutralisation process to the satisfaction of the Environmental Protection Agency.