WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONSULTING
Effective waste management is important in today's environment, and BVA assists clients with technical and management needs. Both insuring public health safety and providing efficient services, well-managed solid waste systems contribute to the growth and stability of communities. Below is a list of the most common services that BVA provides for waste management planning and consulting. Also visit the energy consulting and international consulting pages to learn more about the services BVA provides.
BVA provides a full range of services to assist with the collection
of refuse, recyclables, and green waste. Our value-added services
result in obvious cost savings and increased efficiency through
system planning, operations review, contract development and negotiation,
and service procurement. Our collection equipment and cost database
is updated regularly to reflect innovations changing today's industry.
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Landfill Services and Landfill Gas Control
BVA is unique in its field, experienced not only in landfill
engineering, design, and permitting, but also solid waste operations
and financial and management planning. We specialize in landfill
gas (LFG) resourcesfrom gas flaring for environmental compliance
to energy project development. In response to recent changes in
the energy market, BVA has developed innovative landfill gas utilization
projects, integrating our solid waste and energy services.
Materials Recovery and Transfer Facilities
Our staff offers both expert design capabilities and hands-on operations experience. We bring more than a theoretical, "on paper" understanding of facility design and operation to each projectwe offer the critical insight needed to create innovative, yet truly functional and efficient transfer and materials recovery facilities.
Medical and Hazardous Waste Management
Proper management of household hazardous waste can prevent surface
and groundwater contamination and protect solid waste collection
and disposal staff from injury. BVA has developed household hazardous
waste plans and programs and provided design, financing, and construction
services for facilities. We assess household hazardous waste generation
and analyze local collection and disposal needs, recommending,
when possible, source reduction and recycling options.
Recycling and Green Waste Program Assistance
We help communities and businesses assess their waste generation and develop
programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials. Together with
facility operators, waste haulers, and public agencies, BVA develops
and evaluates all components of successful recycling and green
Contract Development and Negotiation
BVA has drafted numerous contracts for a range of services. We
appreciate that no two contractual arrangements are exactly the
same, and we develop and negotiate contracts quickly and cost-effectively,
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Engineering, Design, and Construction
We use an in-house CAD system to prepare design drawings and
graphic representations of planned projects, creating three-dimensional
models to give clients an accurate picture of the final facility.
Our staff is fully versed in the technical aspects of landfill,
materials recovery facility, and transfer station design and also
has experience with the day-to-day operations of these facilities.
Every BVA design incorporates the practical experience our staff
has gained through their work in the field. see related case study |
Facility and Service Procurement
As independent consultants, BVA has established a strong reputation
for impartial, objective analysis coupled with strong technical
expertise. In assisting our clients, we shape the selection process
and develop evaluation criteria that are tailored to each community's goals and result in the selection of qualified service providers.
Financial Analysis and Rate Review
Through cost of service, rate review, benchmarking, and independent
review services, we identify funding sources for programs and
facilities, determine that rates are fair and equitable, and insure
that revenue requirements are met. We frequently work with municipal
clients who are interested in privatizing operations or ownership
of publicly managed collection services, landfill operations,
or recycling and materials recovery programs.
Independent Review and Project Financing
We assist municipal clients to identify financing options and
structure financing packages, and we serve as independent engineers
for bond financings. We recommend mitigation measures to help
developers and financial institutions overcome impediments to
project financing, and once funding is in place, we provide ongoing
Our litigation services include:
Permitting and Regulatory Assistance
BVA has formed working relationships with many regulatory agenciesincluding
local solid waste, water quality, and air quality regulatorsand
frequently negotiates practical alternatives for least-cost compliance
on behalf of our clients. We prepare solid waste facility permit
application packages for submission to local, state, or federal
regulators. We have experience with environmental impact review
documentation; local land use permit applications; facility development,
design, and operations plans; landfill closure and postclosure
maintenance plans; and complete Subtitle D compliance review.
Planning and Feasibility Analysis
Effective strategic planning provides a conceptual framework for the efficient management of all solid waste operations. Whether for an individual city or a joint powers authority, BVA carefully assesses each system elementincluding collection and hauling, transfer, recycling, composting, and land disposalto determine how they best fit together.
Before developing or expanding a program or a facility, BVA can provide an independent analysis of project feasibility, including a review of technical and engineering issues, economic feasibility, and resource availability. For some projects, it is desirable to conduct market studies to target likely users. We identify mitigation measures to help overcome impediments to project development or financing. Once funding is in place, we can provide ongoing monitoring.
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