mc leachateWill reduce landfill costs about $2.5 million per year

PHOTO:  The County broke ground a new leachate pre-treatment facility at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. Pictured left to right: Freeholder John P. Curley, Freeholder Gary J. Rich, Sr., Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, County Administrator Teri O’Connor and Tinton Falls Administrator Gerald M. Turning, Sr.

TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders broke ground yesterday on a new leachate pre-treatment facility at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center.

“When completed, this facility will save the County about $6,600 every day of the year,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said. “This adds up to approximately $2.5 million a year and it will improve the efficiency of the landfill operations.”


The current average cost is $10,500 a day to truck leachate out of the Reclamation Center. The cost savings to have an onsite pretreatment plant will average $3,900 a day.

Leachate is a byproduct of the landfill. It is created when precipitation falls on the landfill and it combines with the moisture in the decomposing refuse at the landfill. The leachate percolates and makes its way down to the bottom of the landfill where it is retained within the liner.

Currently, the Monmouth County Reclamation Center collects the leachate through a series of sumps and pumps and puts it into a 500,000 gallon holding tank. From the holding tank, the leachate is pumped into 5,600 gallon tanker trucks and trucked off site to various treatment facilities. Depending on the amount of rain or snow, 35 to 50 loads of leachate are trucked out daily.

The onsite pretreatment plant will provide a continuous, seven day a week treatment process of converting raw leachate into treated leachate.

“We have worked out an agreement with the Township of Neptune Sewer Authority (TNSA) to connect to their sewer trunk line and discharge up to 150,000 gallons of the treated leachate daily,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.

“We want to thank our host community, Tinton Falls, for their assistance and support in advancing this important project,” said DiMaso. “As part of the host community agreement, the town will receive an additional $290,000 a year.”

Other benefits of the completed facility will be the decrease in truck traffic entering and exiting the Reclamation Center and on local roads and greenhouse gas and exhaust emissions will be reduced as well.

Applied Water Management, Inc. of Hillsborough, NJ was awarded a $7,914,459 contract for the design, build, operations and management of the leachate pretreatment facility. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of December 2015.

The company will operate the facility for 15 years with a renewal option for an additional five year term.

The facility will be constructed with project management by the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering.