Tag: landfill design

Landfill design must take many things into consideration including,
Location restrictions—ensure that landfills are built in suitable geological areas away from faults, wetlands, flood plains, or other restricted areas.
Composite liners requirements—include a flexible membrane (geomembrane) overlaying two feet of compacted clay soil lining the bottom and sides of the landfill, protect groundwater and the underlying soil from leachate releases.
Leachate collection and removal systems—sit on top of the composite liner and removes leachate from the landfill for treatment and disposal.
Operating practices—include compacting and covering waste frequently with several inches of soil help reduce odor; control litter, insects, and rodents; and protect public health.
Groundwater monitoring requirements—requires testing groundwater wells to determine whether waste materials have escaped from the landfill.
Closure and postclosure care requirements—include covering landfills and providing long-term care of closed landfills.
Corrective action provisions—control and clean up landfill releases and achieves groundwater protection standards.
Financial assurance—provides funding for environmental protection during and after landfill closure (i.e., closure and postclosure care).

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the July/August 2005 issue of MSW Management. This series of three articles examines the costs involved in each stage of a generic landfill’s lifetime, shows how to do pro forma statements for profit and loss, and analyzes the tax and financial aspects


Latest Legislative News Impacting the Solid Waste Industry
EPA proposes new emissions guidelines, lowered NSPS threshold.

By Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & eLearning Program Manager, SWANA

In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new Emission Guidelines (EG) for existing landfills, a major rule that will have effect across the MSW landfill

Is Privatization the Answer?

The decision by a governmental agency to self-perform versus outsourcing (privatizing) solid waste services is complex and should consider costs, as well as the following six major factors:

Continued level of service and rate control
Impacts to public employment
Impacts to waste reduction and recycling goals
Community pride and public perceptions
Organizational values.
Ability to respond

How GPS Saves Time and Money in Landfill Construction

How GPS Saves Time and Money in Landfill Construction

Gone are the days when surveyors were forced to jam stakes into the dirt to grade landfills. Today, engineers have the option of using GPS or machine control to finish landfill construction projects in much less time than years past.

“Landfill construction has very tight tolerances. It has the same benefit

Barton County Hires SCS Aquaterra to Help Extend Landfill Life

OVERLAND PARK, KS – SCS Aquaterra is providing professional environmental consulting services to Barton County (County) at the Barton County Sanitary Landfill (Landfill). The SCS team will now support the County by providing the science-backed data necessary to meet Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Environmental Protection Agency

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

Landfill Design and Operational Changes Curtail Odor Sources

As authors Daryl R. O’Dell and Matthew Beebe describe in Part 3 of this concluding series, odor-causing compounds in high concentrations-whether insufficiently controlled through landfill design or standard operations procedures-might require modifications to existing landfill design elements; installation of gas treatment systems, as well as changes to standard operating procedures

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