PERRY COUNTY, MS
A long and continuing partnership with Pine Belt Landfill
Neel-Schaffer serves as the Engineer of Record for the Pine Belt Landfill, a now-107 acre active landfill that serves multiple counties and cities in the Pine Belt area of South Mississippi, near the community of Ovett.
The landfill is operated by the Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, an organization that was formed in 1993, when Neel-Schaffer began providing engineering services to a group of cities and counties that had a desire to control their own future in solid waste management and disposal.
Neel-Schaffer developed the solid waste master plan that proposed the idea of a multi-county and city authority for solid waste management, and the Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Management Authority was born.
Subsequently, Neel-Schaffer performed siting studies and obtained the construction permit for a 60-acre site, one of the first Sub-title “D” municipal landfill facilities in Mississippi. The first landfill cell opened in 1997. Additionally, Neel-Schaffer provided siting, design, and construction services for transfer stations in the Pine Belt area.
Since 1997, Neel-Schaffer has provided all design and construction phase services to the Authority for construction of six landfill cells totaling over $13 million in construction costs.
In 2014, Neel-Schaffer provided engineering, environmental, and geotechnical services in permitting an expansion of the facility, doubling its capacity. In 2015, Neel-Schaffer provided design and construction engineering services for Phase II access roads and preliminary grading. In 2017, Neel-Schaffer provided services for the design and construction of Cell 5. In 2018, Neel-Schaffer provided design services for preliminary grading for Cell 6.
Additionally, Neel-Schaffer sister firm SoilTech Consultants has provided a variety of geotechnical support during the planning and development of the landfill to determine groundwater elevations and to classify available soils. They have also provided construction phase testing during some of the projects. During construction of Cell 4 in 2012/2013, SoilTech provided QC testing in accordance with the MDEQ approved sampling and testing plan. This included construction observation, density testing, permeability testing, soils classification, and buffer thickness verification. They provided the certification report to MDEQ that the cell buffer was constructed properly.
Neel-Schaffer continues to provide technical expertise and design services for leachate treatment facilities, truck scale facilities, maintenance facilities, storm water treatment facilities, NPDES storm water and leachate discharge permitting, updates to the solid waste plan, RFPs for private operation, landfill and transfer station operation plans, transfer station modifications, waste tire management sites, white goods collection sites, special waste management plans, and many other tasks as requested by the Authority.
Neel-Schaffer and the Pine Belt Solid Waste Management Authority have enjoyed a 26-year client/engineer relationship. Since its inception, the Authority has flourished, adding member counties and controlling costs, which have allowed the Authority to maintain the same tipping fee for members for over 10 years.
Neel-Schaffer has been with them every step of the way.