Opened in 1982, Fairfax County’s I-66 transfer station handles 750,000 tons of solid waste per year. Every day, hundreds of trash collection trucks back into tipping floor bays and dump their loads. The mountains of trash are pushed by a large wheel-loader into waiting semi-trailers which then haul the solid waste to a private waste-to-energy plant. After 36 years, diesel exhaust and trash dust had coated the walls and ceiling in a dark grime that created a gloomy work environment.
The Solid Waste Management Program recently completed a project to improve visibility and safety, while also reducing electricity costs. Forty-nine incandescent lights were replaced with brighter, more energy-efficient LED fixtures. The walls and ceiling were painted white to reflect more light, and skylights were cleaned to allow natural light into the building.
According to Solid Waste Director John Kellas, “the improved visibility on the tipping floor is a night and day difference. Our employees have a much safer space to work in now.”
Energy-saving LEDs will soon be installed at Fairfax County’s two other solid waste locations, the Newington Collections facility and the I-95 landfill complex in Lorton.