Landfill Operations Basics – Virtual Training


Course Dates: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (full day) & Thursday, May 16, 2024 (1/2 day)
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (day 1); 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM (day 2)
Cost: $600/person

Price includes LOB Canadian manual and the certificate exam.

This course will be delivered online using the Zoom platform. You will require a computer with video camera and internet connection. Last day of registration will be Monday, May 6 in order to ensure delivery of landfill operations basics manual. 

Instructors: Alex Bursac and Kevin Johnstone

Seats Available: 16



Through interactive classroom exercises, discussions, and case studies, this updated Canadian course reviews up-to-date basic landfill operations processes and how they relate to one another, increasing effectiveness and safety on the job.

The SWANA Landfill Operations Basics (LOB) training program is a basic course for landfill operations staff and is a good primer course for those professionals interested in acquiring their Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Certification. The course teaches landfill staff how to operate a modern sanitary landfill. Issues covered include waste receiving and scale house operations, spotting and waste screening, equipment selection, operational and compaction issues and techniques, safety, special operations and littler control as well as environmental monitoring and control of landfill gas, leachate and surface runoff. As this training course is online, no site tour will be provided.

Upon completion of this course, participants should understand:

  • The role of the sanitary landfill as a component of an integrated solid waste management system
  • Key functions and associated processes within landfill operations
  • The basics of landfill gas and leachate management and groundwater monitoring
  • Essentials of equipment selection, cell construction and litter management
  • The fundamentals of accident prevention

Who Should Attend

Landfill owners, operators, managers, supervisors/foremen, scalehouse operators, equipment operators, spotters, laborers and other employees responsible for daily landfill operation.

Course Content

The course manual is Landfill Operations Basics, Canadian Edition. The manual details the following topics with supplemental images, graphs and examples for participants to discuss and serves as an on-the-job reference resource.

  • The Sanitary Landfill in Integrated Solid Waste Management
  • Gate Attendant & Scalehouse Operations
  • Spotting and Waste Screening
  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance
  • Cell Construction & Compaction
  • Litter Control
  • Landfill Safety
  • Hard-to-Handle Wastes
  • Special Wastes
  • Nuisance and Health Issues
  • Landfill Gas Generation and Management
  • Leachate Production and Management
  • Groundwater Monitoring

Event Details

Start date: May 15, 2024

End date: May 16, 2024

Start time: 08:00 a.m. PDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. PDT

Venue: Live Online via Zoom

Directions: Login information will be emailed to registrants prior to May 15, 2024