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Why Every Landfill Liner Leaks But Not All Leakage Matters

Landfill liner leaks are endemic. A small amount escapes from composite landfill lining systems which include both 1 metre thick a clay layer, and a clay liner loses water/ leachate according to its permeability and the head of pressure of leachate over it. That is despite applying stringent design and operational requirements for landfills, landfills continue […]

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Landfill Environmental Problems – Emissions

MSW Landfills are very unpopular due to the many environmental problems which have been attributed to landfills. In Europe there is massive investment underway to substantially reduce reliance on landfills. In many areas worldwide landfill space is running out, due to public hostility arising from public perception of landfills and environmental problems, and a crisis […]

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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 […]

The Trading of Carbon wrt Landfills

Carbon Credit Trading and Landfills

It’s Methane that makes Landfill and Carbon Credit Trading so interconnected. Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, is emitted in large quantities from modern engineered landfills unless it is collected and flared (burnt). Kyoto obligations mean that UK landfill emissions need to fall by 20 percent from 1990 levels, and […]

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Landfill Gas Emissions and the Greenhouse Effect

It is thought that even with the best landfill gas extraction systems installed about half of the total methane produced by any landfill site escapes without being burnt, either in a flare, or in a generator to supply energy. That means that landfill gas climate change is significant. The escape of the methane into the […]

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Construction and Demolition Waste and Recycling

In tonnage terms construction and demolition waste is the UK’s largest waste stream accounting for 90 Million tonnes of material per year in England and Wales alone. To drive the recovery of demolition material and the use of recycled materials in new structures, ICE, working with London Remade and Envirocentre has developed the Demolition Protocol […]

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The UK Government Waste Diversion Targets Set on the Landfilling of Waste (in 2005)

Local authorities across England have been set limits on the amount of biodegradable municipal waste they can dispose of in landfill sites. The aim of these waste diversion targets is to achieve the diversion of waste away from landfill sites. Environment Minister Elliot Morley confirmed (3 February 2005) the final allocation of landfill allowances for […]

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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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Aerobic Landfill and Why The Subject Will Not Be Forgotten

A key topic raised in many countries, not least Japan, is why most other industrialized nations have gone so strongly for sanitary landfill design, which locks up waste and only slowly allows it to decompose with air (anaerobically) and not aerobic landfills which rot away quickly. The awful longevity of sanitary landfilling, becomes clear when […]

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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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Scrap Metal Dealers Bill UK

THE Scrap Metal Dealers Bill (UK) has been in-force since about October 2013. The new law means that dealing in cash for scrap metal, operating without a license or breaching the license conditions could now result in heavy penalties. Magistrates are now able to impose unlimited fines on offenders. The bill means that anyone selling […]

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No Landfilling Tyres to UK Landfills After July 2006

NISP and Landfilling Tyres In case you have not heard of NISP, and how that organisation got involved with landfilling tyres to UK landfills, here is an explanation: Industrial Symbiosis brings together companies from all business sectors with the aim of improving cross industry resource efficiency by exchanging materials, energy and water and sharing assets, logistics […]

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Top 20 UK Waste Consultants 2014

The following is a list of the top 20 UK Waste Consultants 2014 from a  2013 survey, taken from the 2014 NCE Consultants File, which was produced from a questionnaire completed by all UK consultants who wished to submit their details. The list is in descending order with the highest turnover companies at the top. 1 […]

Top 20 UK Consultants

Top 20 UK Consultants 2014 (Overall)

The following is a list of the top 20 UK  Consultants for 2013, taken from the 2014 NCE Consultants File, which was produced from a questionnaire which was completed by all the larger UK Consultants in 2013. The list is in descending order with the highest turnover companies at the top. 1 URS 2 AECOM […]

Top 20 UK Water Contractors in 2012-13

Top 20 UK Water Contractors in 2012-13

The following is a list of the top 20 UK Water Contractors for 2013, taken from the 2012 NCE Contractors File, which was produced from a questionnaire which was completed by UK Civil Engineering Contractors in 2012. The list is in descending order with the highest turnover companies at the top. 1 Balfour Beatty 2 Costain […]