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LIVE OAK LANDFILL WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

 LIVE OAK LANDFILL WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
 CONLEY, Ga., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from the U.S.


Environmental Protection Agency come to tour its 424 acres and see the innovative berms that help protect the groundwater. Engineering students use it as a research laboratory, sending their findings as far as the University of Wisconsin. School children get a peek at some of the 3,000-year-old artifacts that were excavated from the site.
 Civil War buffs retrace the steps of William Tecumseh Sherman along the Old McDonough Road, which cuts through the property. Once filled with hundreds of soldiers marching to Atlanta, the slice of highway is now lined with pear trees and edged with cut granite stones.
 It's not a classroom or a museum or a park that draws all these folks. It's a landfill.
 WINNER OF PRESTIGIOUS SWANA AWARD
 Welcome to Live Oak Landfill and Recycling Center, an award-winning facility situated about five miles outside of Atlanta, where history meets state-of-the-art technology and the two combine to become a community resource.
 The latest "blue ribbon" the landfill has won is the prestigious 1992 Landfill System Excellence Award of the Solid Waste Association of North America. "SWANA" for short, the nonprofit association features industry professionals from both government agencies and the private sector among its membership.
 "This is a nationwide competition with just one system excellence award per category, so naturally we were excited about being the one," says Roy Walton, division president of Live Oak Landfill.
 Walton, along with the division's vice president, Paul Floyd, and operations manager David Butler, accepted the award during SWANA's annual meeting Aug. 6 in Tampa, Fla. Joining them was Billy Malone, a former member of the division's special projects team. The award, says Walton, belongs to all the employees at Live Oak Landfill. "This was the result of a genuine team effort. Everyone at our facility deserves to be recognized," Walton says.
 Live Oak was the award winner in SWANA's Category II, landfills whose daily intake ranges between 501 and 1,500 tons of waste.
 People driving by the facility, which is on Henrico Road in Conley, rarely see any of this garbage, though. The "working face" of the landfill, where the wastes are buried, is a small, confined area that's covered at the end of each day. Drivers are far more likely to see some of the 7,200 magnolia, dogwood, pear and Virginia pine trees that Walton and his team planted around the property last year.
 SAFETY THAT SETS A NEW STANDARD
 What SWANA officials saw at Live Oak was a facility whose safety and engineering systems meet the highest standards of the industry -- and go on to top those set by government regulators.
 The base of the landfill's new cell is covered with two impermeable synthetic liners. The liner system exceeds the permit requirements of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division and means double the protection for the surrounding groundwater.
 Those berms that environmental officials come to see are Walton's special design. They're part of the leachate collection system, which helps keep the interior of the landfill dry. The system funnels the small amount of leachates, or liquids, that do collect to a wastewater treatment plant.
 Still more safety systems are in place around Live Oak, from wells to collect and monitor groundwater to probes that monitor methane gas.
 "Live Oak is technology at work for people," says Jim O'Connor, president of Waste Management of North America South. "It's scientific engineering that translates to a safer environment for the community."
 The Georgia subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., which is the world's leading environmental services company, has owned and operated Live Oak Landfill since it opened in 1986.
 PRESERVING THE NATURAL INTEGRITY, THEN AND NOW
 Before crews started construction on the site, the company conducted an archaeological survey of the property. The survey uncovered a prehistoric soapstone quarry. Unearthed were castoffs from an earlier time -- bowls and tools that Native Americans fashioned from soapstone, a dark green rock, about 3,000 years ago.
 Some of those artifacts are now on display in the Live Oak visitor center, the first stop for the many school and community groups that tour the facility.
 Visitors to Live Oak enjoy both a glimpse of the past and a look at the future. While the history of earlier generations has been preserved, the environment that future generations will inherit is being protected.
 Welcome to Live Oak: a landfill...and much more.
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 /CONTACT: Lynda Long, director, corporate and public affairs of Waste Management of North America South, 305-771-9850/ CO: Live Oak Landfill; Waste Management of North America South ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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