Landfill Engineering

All UK Landfills to Close within 5 Years? Zero Waste UK

In this article we make the prediction that all UK Landfills will close within 5 Years. The current trend in waste reduction/ diversion from landfill shows that the nation will achieve Zero Waste to Landfill and quite soon as well. That momentous occasion will take place in 5 to 6 years time, according to the figures […]

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The History of Landfill Lining Design [Infographic]

The Evolution of Landfill Lining Design in the UK from Dilute and Disperse to Full Containment The image above is one that we published back in 2004, and is one of the most important progressions in the history of landfill in the UK. It was a webpage in itself and rendered in efficient html code as […]

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Landfill Sites and the DSEA Regulations (DSEAR – UK)

Here is an explanation of the requirements of the DSEA Regulations and what they mean for landfill site owners and operators. All landfill owners (and by delegation their operators) fall under this regulation, and must act in order to comply with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) which have been in force since July 2006. DSEAR – […]

Building on landfill not a good idea

Building on Landfill Sites and Recommendations

We would like to emphasise that, if at all possible, building on landfill sites containing putrescible material, and which therefore are likely to be generating landfill gas should be avoided. Some old landfills will be free from landfill gas, but do take great care to obtain expert advice before you assume that any particular landfill is […]

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Old Closed Landfills and What to Expect if You find One

There are many thousands of closed landfills in the UK. In general all domestic waste landfills filled before the 1950s now exert little or no environmental impact as they contained a low organic content from the start. They did not ever become significantly methanogenic (methane producing), and were: normally shallow (2 to 5 metres deep), […]

Lofty ideals of EU Landfill Directive

The Landfill Directive Fact File

THE EUROPEAN Directive 1999/31/ EC on the Landfill of Waste (Landfill Directive) was incorporated into English law by the Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002, with amendments issued in 2004 and 2005. The overall objective is to: “… prevent or reduce as far as possible the negative effects on the environment, in particular the pollution […]

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List of UK Landfill Leachate Extraction & Pumping Systems Contractors

The following companies are UK specialist Landfill Leachate Extraction and Pumping Systems Contractors. Most work throughout the UK, and some will provide quotations for leachate treatment plants as well as the collection systems which will feed leachate to a central location for disposal or treatment: Viridian Systems Limited, Unit 39, Wirral Business Park, Birkenhead, Wirral […]

Water content terms for landfills saturation capacity

Definition of Landill Solid Waste Water-Content Terms

There are 3 very important Water-Content Terms Used in the Landfill Industry for the water balance calculations used to predict leachate volumes generated duiring the active life of a landfill site, and these are: Field capacity Field capacity is the amount of liquid that a given mass of material will absorb prior to downward percolation […]

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Sanitary Landfill

A sanitary land fill is a waste disposal location where layers of compressed garbage is covered with layers of earth. When the facility reaches the end of its life and is full, a cap is used to close the top of site. Sanitary land fills are among the most popular methods for disposing of waste, although they […]

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Good Practice Guidelines for Landfill Weighing and Weighbridges

For any well run landfill site the accurate recording of waste inputs is essential for effective management of the site, and is be required by most national waste management regulations, to enable verifiable returns to be made to the waste regulatory body. Good Practice for Landfill Weighbridge Layouts On site weighbridges are the best way […]