One of Resource Management, Inc.’s (RMI’s) most challenging projects, the Charlton Landfill closure has been a success using Heart & Soil® Paper Fiber. RMI provided Paper Fiber to provide the organic matter necessary to create an erosion-resistant topsoil. RMI partnered with the contractor and provided the recipe for the topsoil to be mixed onsite. The final results speak for themselves.
The Charlton Landfill is located on a small parcel with steep slopes and the tight footprint did not offer a lot of space for equipment, supplies or operations. One of the principal challenges for this project was its location in the heart of a neighborhood. The project needed to be completed as quickly as possible and any potential impacts to the neighbors had to be minimized. The site work was limited to Mondays through Thursdays and the site had to be buttoned up before each weekend. Two other contractors had attempted to close this landfill before RMI became involved and it was very important that the adage “third time’s a charm” be proven true.
The RMI Solution
Given the steep slopes and the need to have a final landfill cap that would sustain a healthy grass ecosystem and require minimal maintenance, RMI recommended Heart & Soil® Paper Fiber be added to the recipe for topsoil. Paper Fiber is high in organic matter in the form of cellulose and has a high water-holding capacity. These features make Paper Fiber an ideal ingredient in topsoil blends that are to be used on steep slopes. The use of Paper Fiber enabled this landfill to be closed on time, with minimal impact to the surrounding neighborhood and will minimize future slope maintenance – except for mowing the grass!