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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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When Does a Landfill Stop Being a Landfill – Final Storage Quality

When Does an Old Landfill Cease to be a Landfill? In other words, when can an old landfill be left as it is, not monitored and used for any purpose it’s owner wants to use it for, because it no longer contains anything which harm the environment? [box size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]There is an easy and […]

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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 […]

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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UK Requirements for Farm Waste Licensing

EU Waste Framework Directive: The new UK requirements for farm waste licensing Farm (agricultural) waste disposal will as from this year (July 2006) regulated by the Environment Agency under the same regulations as municipal, commercial and industrial waste. Until the extended implementation date this summer (2006) agricultural businesses have been exempted from the Waste Management […]

Waste and recycling in the Construction industry

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 […]

Environmental permits made less complex

One Stop Shop Environmental Permits by Defra UK

The UK environmental regulations have been simplified for the first time in years, in a move which has been largely unreported in the technical press. In a move welcomed by industry, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (EP) were brought into effect on the 6 April 2008, and have been repeatedy updtaed with new […]

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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 […]

Soil washing for contaminated land

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 […]

Duty of Care and making sure to comply

The Skip Hire Operator’s Duty of Care (UK)

Duty of Care (UK) Requirements for Skip Hire Service Companies Many nations suffer fly tipping problems and the UK response has been to introduce a legal duty of care on the originator of waste. We have all seen documentaries and information about “rogue” waste traders. Be aware that if you are a commercial trader producing […]

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Skip Hiring in the UK

There are many skip hirer’s in most cities. One example is Skip HireUK. They declare in their publicity that they are the UK’s leading on-line provider for national skip hire. At Skip Hire UK’s web site they offer to provide any size of skip you need; mini skip, midi skip, builders skip or large skip.  […]

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 […]