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Stephens Industries LP facilities praised for engineering, environmental innovation

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When William F. “Bill” Hodges, P.E., talks about the innovative design and recycling capacity of the Stephens Industries LP C&D Landfill and Recycling Facility, respectively, he knows what he’s talking about.

Hodges, a registered professional engineer with specialized experience in the civil and environmental engineering fields, has designed more than 200 C&D Landfills in the Southeast U.S. What he and his staff were able to do at the Atlanta airport site of the Stephens C&D Landfill and Recycling Facility separates the company founded by John D. Stephens and his sons from others in the industry. These complementary Stephens Industries LP operations have garnered high praise from engineers and regulators alike, especially since the recycling processing center opened earlier this year, with plans for the landfill to open in early 2008.

For starters, Hodges notes that the Stephens C&D Landfill has an extensive underdrain system and clay liner system, which together help to serve as an extra measure of environmental security, specifically to better protect ground water. These unique attributes of the facility were not required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) rules; rather, they were included in design at the suggestion and insistence of John D. Stephens to assure further environmental integrity for the facility. The Stephens facilities, and the extensive design and operation plans that accompany them, also prevent prohibitive materials from ever entering the facility’s solid waste stream.

In addition, the landfill itself reuses and reclaims property previously used for mining activity, adds Hodges. Typically, land used for mining ends up as unusable, he says. In this instance, however, the former mining acreage is providing beneficial reuse as the Stephens Industries LP site for C&D Landfill and Recycling Facility operations. It’s a case study in proper land use, or in this instance, land reuse.

Finally, the capacity of the Stephens facilities – and the subsequent volume of materials that can be processed and/or recycled there – also makes this site unique.

“This facility can recycle and is recycling more waste than any other facility in Georgia,” adds Hodges. “It’s the largest recycling facility of its kind in the state.”

The reaction of regulators, especially those from Georgia EPD who issued permits for operating the Stephens C&D Landfill and Recycling Facility, has been very positive indeed. “Thrilled,” in fact, says Hodges, when describing the sentiments of EPD management. That positive feedback comes first, because of the unique design of the facility to provide extra measures of environmental protection, and second, because of the amount of recycling that will occur on site, he says.

The “Stephens Difference” certainly is evident in the design and operation plan of the Recycling Facility and C&D Landfill, concludes Hodges.

“John D. Stephens does things right, believes in the future of recycling, and wants to prove it can be done successfully,” he says.

 
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