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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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Landfill Fires Intentional and Unintended Shallow and Deep Seated

Landfill fires occur fairly commonly within landfills throughout the world, and to this day much burning of waste on landfills takes place in many developing nations. We classify landfill fires into two types; intentional and unintentional. Intentional Landfill Burning Burning of municipal waste in the open is not recommended under any circumstances, although in some […]

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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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Zero Waste and UK Recycling Progress

Landfills vary immensely, but even the most recently developed are not considered to provide a sustainable way of getting rid of rubbish.  They can cause pollution, and certainly hold the potential to do so. Very few of us want to live near to them, and the methane gas produced by them is a major contributor […]

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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 – […]

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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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Waste and Climate Change

Main Issues Waste and climate change is an important issue, given the ever rising quantities of waste bring produced. Reduction and reuse of waste is the preferred option, and most important aim in any waste strategy. The EU Landfill Directive requires all landfill sites taking biodegradable waste to where possible capture and use the methane […]

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What is Waste WAMITAB Hazardous Waste and WEEE?

Q: What is waste? A: Waste is defined for the propose of the UK Waste Management Regulations as: Any substance or object that you discard, intend to discard, or are required to discard is waste and as such is subject to a number of regulatory requirements. Even if material is sent for recycling or undergoes […]

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Treatment of Contaminated Land by Soil Washing

Soil washing has become an important method for cleaning up contaminated land, and it was first propelled into the main stream as a process for this purpose in the summer of 2004. The reason for this was that the summer of 2004 saw the implementation of EU Landfill Directive requirements which slashed the available number […]

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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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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), […]

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Landfill Management Services Companies – The Experts Paid to Look After Old Tips

Landfill Management Services Companies, are independent contracting organizations that make a business out of looking after landfills. They employ professionals who are both practical technicians skilled in monitoring landfills, and environmental management experts able to take action where it is needed, installing, servicing and maintaining the equipment on landfills which protects the environment around their perimeters. […]

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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 […]

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Tyre Recycling: Tyres Can No longer be Sent to landfill

This well researched article should clarify a great deal about frugal tyre use and tyre recycling. By Ken McEvoy (written in 2005?) Under European Law it is no longer possible to dump car tyres into landfill sites which means we have to find a solution to the problem of what to do with old tyres […]

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How Many Landfills are There?

The question “How Many Landfills are There?” is one which has often been addressed to “The Landfill Site”.  Please tell us if you know better, but as far as we know, nobody is keeping a record of how many landfills exist currently which are open and operating in the world, let alone keeping a list […]