Waste Management was founded in 1968 and currently operates 300 landfills, 150 recycling plants, 350 transfer stations in the US and Canada. ET Environmental provides Waste Management of Alameda County with design-build services for construction, renovation, and improvements projects, and ET utilizes Geocon to perform a range of services; from consultation, peer review, design-level geotechnical investigations, special inspections, material testing, and geotechnical observation during construction projects. Geocon has been working with ET Environmental Corporation (ET) since 2010 to perform geotechnical engineering, testing, and observation for various projects at the Waste Management (WM) Davis St. Transfer Station in San Leandro, California.
The most recent project included performing geotechnical testing and observation, special inspections, and material testing for the construction of a new Integrated Waste Processing Facility. The project included a 64,000-sf organic waste tip floor and processing facility plus a 9,000-sf two-story office with a second floor viewing gallery of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operations.
Geotechnical work included observation of driven pile foundations and compaction testing of engineered fills. Special inspection and materials testing for structural components included reinforced concrete mat foundations; high strength bolting; welded connections for the project push walls; and post-installed anchors. Material testing performed in our in-house laboratory included concrete compressive strength, high strength grout, and soils.
Interesting Fact: Wayne Huizenga along with two partners started Waste Management in 1968. Wayne’s grandfather Harm Huizenga began hauling garbage in 1893 in Chicago for $1.25 per wagonload.