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Just an Ordinary Landfill? Not on Your Life…

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On May 12, 2015
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The purpose of a landfill is to bury the trash in such a way that it will be isolated from groundwater, will be kept dry and will not be in contact with air. Unlike a compost pile, a landfill is designed to keep the trash away from people, but does not allow it to decompose […]
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Spring Tours at the Landfill

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On April 9, 2015
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We were honored recently to have ORU’s Environmental Science Lab guest tour our one of a kind waste to energy facility. Here, we have a pic of Todd Green, our VP, telling about AEL and the process in place for turning landfill methane into a viable energy resource. American Waste Control is now piping that […]
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Part of the Methane Solution

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On April 3, 2015
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Are landfills the culprit when it comes to methane emissions…or are they swiftly becoming part of the solution. We believe the latter… The truth is, there has been a steep decline in methane emission from landfill facilities since 1990, of about 30 percent according to research. The biggest reasons for this are effective regulations that […]
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Meeting Your Company’s Sustainability Goals

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On March 24, 2015
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What does our new Waste to Energy landfill mean for our community’s future? Our system is generating electricity cleanly and reducing greenhouse gas to create huge benefits for Tulsa. You won’t find a company with a stronger commitment to our environment or to our customer, especially when it comes to reducing the waste disposal costs […]
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Clearing the Snow for Our Neighbors

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On March 5, 2015
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We’ve been applauded for our neighborhood friendliness, thanks to Pat, our general manager, who cleaned our roads during this last snowstorm. We handled the ice buildup with ease clearing a path from the highway to Anderson Elementary and making commuting to the landfill (and the school) a snap. But, that’s one thing we care about…our […]
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Sharing an Integrated Approach

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On February 20, 2015
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Just recently, our own Todd Green was mentioned in Renewable Energy from Waste Magazine. He and others shared about their company’s integrated waste approach at the REW Conference in San Jose last Nov. Todd was thrilled to be there and proudly wave the American Waste Control and AEL banner. All we have to say is, […]
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Being Green Takes Initiative…

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On January 30, 2015
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Did You Know? • AEL is a renewable energy landfill equipped with 67 wells placed throughout our facility to collect methane gas generated from decomposing waste. • AEL has 2-CAT 3520 engines generating 3.2 MW of electricity daily. This is currently providing electricity to just under 20,000 Oklahomans. • AEL has an active metals recycling […]
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Making a Soldier’s Wish Come True

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On January 21, 2015
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We just set a record ya’ll… 2,483,374 pounds of recyclables were recovered during this year’s Unboxing Christmas campaign. With the proceeds, we were able to present a check in the amount of $2,500 to Soldier’s Wish. The campaign lasted from December 26 through January 6th and was designed to encourage recycling of most of the […]
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How a Landfill Works: Storm Water Drainage

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On January 14, 2015
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Critical to any landfill is keeping it as dry as possible to reduce the amount of leachate. This can be done in two ways: • Exclude liquids from the solid waste. Solid waste must be tested for liquids before entering the landfill. This is done by passing samples of the waste through standard paint filters. […]
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AEL Eco Moment: Greener Lighting

  • Posted by AEL OK
  • On December 17, 2014
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Pay more now, save later…that’s usually the motto with anything green. That fact is especially true for disposable light bulbs. We get a lot of light bulb waste at the landfill and we don’t want to see anything wasted. Remember, if your object is to save money and energy in the long run, the best […]
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