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Evaluation Of Optimum Landfill Design: Mid Auchencarroch Experimental Landfill Emissions


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T. C. Koliopoulos & G. Koliopoulou


The produced landfill emissions by waste biodegradation could be exploited after treatment as renewable resources. A comprehensive analysis of the produced landfill emissions is presented taking into account different landfill design principles. In the presented analysis results by the Mid Auchencarroch experimental landfill are taken into account, which is a UK Environment Agency and industry funded research facility. The examining analysis takes into account the entire life cycle of landfill design behaviour in time. The relative magnitudes of pollution load in time by landfill gas and leachate emissions are presented, discussed and evaluated making useful conclusions for the optimisation of future sustainable landfill designs and related regional sustainable development protecting the public health. Keywords: landfill design, landfill emissions, settlements, landfill topography and spatial analysis, risk assessment, waste management, sustainable development, public health. 1 Introduction Sanitary landfills remain an attractive disposal route for municipal solid waste, because, it is more economical than alternative solutions. It is accepted that the landfill biodegradation processes are complex, including many factors that control the progression of the waste mass to final stage quality [6,9,10,17–19]. The landfill gas and leachate generation is an inevitable result of the solid waste biodegradation in landfills and their study is necessary for future efficient


landfill design, landfill emissions, settlements, landfill topographyand spatial analysis, risk assessment, waste management, sustainabledevelopment, public health.