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The Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB)

April 16, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cherry Island Landfill
April 16, 2012
The April 16, 2012 meeting of the Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) commenced at 5:06 p.m. in
the Conference Room of the Delaware Recycling Center, 1101 Lambsons Lane, New Castle.
Thomas Mitten Robin Roddy Bryan Ashby
Vince D’Anna Michael D. Parkowski
Thomas Noyes Uriel Rodriguez

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) updates
Mr. Ashby presented DNREC’s update on their activities at Cherry Island Landfill (see attached).
Mr. Ashby reported that there was an odor complaint on March 7, from a resident on West 38th
St. The resident complained that the odor came from Cherry Island Landfill (CIL). A DNREC
officer was not in the area and so it could not be verified that the odor came from the landfill.
Mr. Mitten enquired about the procedure DNREC follows to investigate an odor complaint.
Ms. Roddy expressed concerns that DSWA did not receive notification of this complaint until
several weeks later. Ms. Roddy indicated that she or other DSWA staff is willing to go out at
any time with a representative from DNREC to investigate any odor issues. DSWA is also
willing to invite anyone to the landfill for a tour. During the meeting, Ms. Roddy incorrectly
indicated that the wind was blowing in the opposite direction of the complainant at the time of
the odor complaint. After further review, the wind was blowing due north at the time of the odor
complaint, the complaint location is north west of the landfill.
CIL Update
A short film was shown on the CIL Expansion Project. The project was nominated for the
national American Society of Civil Engineers Project of the Year Award. The awards were held
on March 22 and CIL was among five (5) nominees.
Ms. Roddy discussed CIL landfill gas (CILFG) utilization with the CAB. Ms. Roddy explained
that DSWA currently has a contract with Cummins for beneficial use of CILFG. Cummins will be
distributing CILFG to various end users. Cummins has a contract with Croda in New Castle,
CAB Meeting Notes
April 16, 2012
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Delaware to accept CILFG for combined heat and power. A pipeline will be constructed to carry
LFG from CIL to Croda. Ms. Roddy explained that Cummins is currently bidding the pipeline
construction work. Cummins is also prospecting other end users, including the City of
Wilmington’s wastewater treatment plant. Ms. Roddy further explained that CIL has 9,000 scfm
of compressor capacity and 9,000 scfm of back-up flaring capacity.
Ms. Roddy reported that Cherry Island, LLC currently operates CIL and that contract is currently
out to bid as it expires on September 30, 2012.
DSWA has been asked by Senator Henry to attend a meeting at Kingswood Community Center
due to concerns about odors. Ms. Roddy indicated that she and Mike Parkowski will be
attending to represent DSWA. Ms. Roddy indicated that she is confident that the CIL is not
causing off site odors, due to the efficient on site landfill gas collection system.
Mr. Parkowski explained that tonnage is down 13% from last year and that DSWA is exploring
revenue sources other than tipping fees including recovery. This could be a new venture for
DSWA. Mr. Parkowski explained that DSWA is moving forward with a state-of-the-art Materials
Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) location. DSWA expects the
MRF to be operational in 2013. ReCommunity will be operating the MRF and it will have the
capacity for 140,000 tons per year.
Mr. D’Anna enquired what the life of the landfill was when DSWA did a projection and what the
current life of the landfill is. Mr. Parkowski responded that in 2006 the projected life of the
landfill was 25 years whereas the current projection is approximately 48 years, as a result of the
reduced waste intake rates.
Meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.
DSWA Cherry Island Landfill Summary for the Citizens Advisory Board
Prepared by Robert Hartman, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section
April 16, 2012
1. There was one odor complaint concerning the landfill during the 1st quarter of 2012. On
March 7th, the environmental complaints line received a call from a resident on W. 38th Street
in Wilmington who complained of an odor from the Cherry Island landfill. DNREC was not
able to verify the odor and there were no other actions taken by the Department.
2. There were no fires reported at the CIL during the 1
st quarter of 2012.
3. No prohibited wastes were reported received at the landfill during the 1
st quarter of 2012.
4. DNREC staff continued to inspect the facility and 12th Street for litter and dust, and have
found the DSWA to be satisfactorily controlling litter and dust both on site and off. Note:
Currently, one DNREC site inspector is responsible for inspecting two facilities (DSWA CIL
and DRPI).
5. DSWA remains in compliance with the conditions of the Yard Waste Ban, and DSWA issued
no citations for yard waste during the 1st quarter of 2012.
12001 April 16, 2012


April 16, 2012
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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