February 19, 2015


Helmut Blanken, P.Eng., HBHE Consulting, Duncan

Today, we are generating more and more waste which needs to be dealt with in an environmentally friendly and economic manner. By learning from mistakes and remediating deficiencies causing environmental impact, landfill / waste management technology has developed rapidly from ‘out of sight, out of mind’-style dumps’ to today’s highly-engineered facilities. In this lecture, Helmut Blanken will provide an overview on the development of the landfill technology and outline expected changes to the Landfill Criteria for BC, which are expected to come into effect in mid - 2015. These changes will involve more stringent regulations on environmental control measures, leading to higher capital and operating costs for landfills. He will explain the environmental, social and economic implications of landfills and provide options to make landfills safer, through technology and waste management strategies. The technology is available. Now it us up to us to take responsibility for our waste and make the right decisions to not transfer our problems to future generations.

Helmut started his own consulting firm, HBHE Consulting in Duncan. In his position as Superintendent for Engineering and Disposal Operations from 2008 to 2014 he made significant contributions to the Nanaimo Landfill to become one of Canada’s leading landfills. He is a Germa- trained engineer Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl. Ing.) with more than 30 years' experience in the fast-paced German waste management industry and the Canadian waste management industry. His experience in landfill design and operations provides a broad understanding of the challenges to mitigate landfill impacts on the environment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Vancouver Island University, Building 356, Room 109