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September 16, 2016 12:00 AM

When it comes to reducing liability of your oilfield and industrial waste, Ridgeline GreenFill has the solution.
Instead of off-loading industrial and oilfield waste straight into industrial landfills, Ridgeline will take if off your hands and repurpose the contaminated soil into something more useful. 
“We accept the waste at our regulated facilities and then we utilize the repurposed soil, or earthen waste, for landfill cover at our municipal landfill partnerships,” said Jason Flatla, vice-president GreenFill, Ridgeline Canada Inc. 
“So, in the case of the City of Lloydminster, we treat and categorize all inbound waste soil for reuse as daily or final cover at the landfill rather than redirect to other commercial industrial cells for direct disposal; we do a revenue share with the city, which, in turn provides direct benefit to the city and the region.”
Ridgeline also helps out local businesses, such as gas stations that may have the same problem with contaminated earth from refined petroleum releases.
The company then cleans it with a variety of methods depending on the material, with procedures involving chemical oxidation or biodegradation among others.
Flatla said area landfills such as Lloydminster’s landfill require a lot of soil for cover, so the repurposing is a natural match.
“If you’ve noticed, many regional landfills look like hills when they’re full, as landfill managers try to maximize airspace over their costly liner systems; because of this, area landfills have a need for a steady supply of outside soil, so they don’t have to excavate and use onsite clean soil to cover that municipal solid waste,” he said. 
“Regional landfills need soil for daily cover over MSW (municipal solid waste) to control disease, rodents, and birds; soil cover is also a strong factor in leachate control and prevents landfill fires and daily soil cover also keeps MSW from becoming airborne on windy days, so soil is a great cover for them to use, plus they get revenue from it rather than having to pay for other cover systems to put over that MSW to control it.”
Ridgeline Greenfill has done well with it’s operations in Lloydminster, Flatla said, because even though there are other companies in the area that take in the same types of soil it does, Ridgeline is the only company that treats and categorizes impacted soil for reuse.
“We’ve had some very good success in the Lloydminster area and we look forward to continue to invest in our facility and the community.”

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