Design considerations for an engineered landfill

Musaida Mercy Manyuchi, Charles Mbohwa, Edison Muzenda

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An engineered landfill presents an opportunity for proper waste management that allows resource recovery from waste.
However, for this to be achieved several technical parameters must be considered when designing a sanitary landfill.
These technical parameters include proper site selection with minimal environmental and hydrological negative impacts,
selection of a liner network that will not allow the leachate to infiltrate into the ground. Furthermore, there is need to have
an integrated network for monitoring the movement of the waste as well as quality of the leachate. The surface drainage
at a landfill site must also be well understood as well as daily covering measures to avoid pests and pathogens coming
outside the designated landfill site. Although, landfills present a potential for proper municipal waste management, the
human capital aspect is also critical and must be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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