John Baker


Landfill & Waste Management (Technology, Treatment, Permitting), Environmental, Leachate, Sludge Management, Groundwater, Surface Water

John provides over 40 years’ experience involved in compliance, permitting, and assessing environmental impacts of landfills, wastewater treatment facilities and contaminated sites.  He previously worked 23 years for Waste Management, Inc. most recently as the Director of New Technology.  In this role, Mr. Baker was responsible for developing innovative methods for environmental assessment, remediation, and proactive management, operation and design of active and closed landfills.  He developed and managed over 30 bioreactor landfill demonstrations.  These demonstrations provided methods of enhancing landfill gas production, in-situ leachate treatment and new methods of measuring settlement and increases in air space.  Also,   Mr. Baker implemented innovative remedial technologies for wastewater, leachate, surface water, soil and groundwater for both regional and specific Superfund sites, hazardous waste landfills, waste water ponds, and solid waste sites. He also developed innovative monitoring and assessment techniques for fingerprinting sources of contamination and is an expert in demonstration landfill gas to groundwater contamination for solid waste sites.   He also has evaluated alternate waste management technologies for gaseous and liquid fuels and “green” chemical production including pyrolysis, gasification, plasma arc, and other treatment/conversion methods.

John is a recognized expert in bioreactor landfills, waste density and compaction optimization, alternate landfill caps, landfill gas, groundwater quality, hydrogeology, innovative wastewater and leachate treatment, surface water quality management, landfill operational efficiencies, and alternative waste management technologies.  He has lead numerous State and Federal workshops for groundwater monitoring and assessment techniques, bioreactors, and innovative technologies for leachate and groundwater remediation.   Contact John.