Accession Number : ADA313453

Title :   Decision Maker's Guide to Issues Effecting Post-Closure Reutilization of Municiple Solid Waste Landfills.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Ganowski, Robert W.

PDF Url : ADA313453

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : Municipal solid waste landfills serve as society's primary waste handling mechanism and have promising potential to continue as a community asset well after their capacity has been reached. This guide aims to familiarize the reader with landfills and the issues that can effect their potential after closure. Landfills have evolved into technologically advanced facilities that are designed, constructed, and operated with strict environmental controls. When a landfill reaches capacity, it must be formally and properly closed, ensuring that the environment and public health will continue to be protected. To establish a baseline, the guide will discuss the landfill's evolution, its life-cycle, and closure/post-closure requirements. The acreage of a closed landfill site offers wonderful opportunities for beneficial re-use. There are, however, several imperative issues that must be appreciated and considered when evaluating options for a closed, or soon to close, landfill: socioeconomics, landfill gas, settlement, and revegetation. Each of these issues is a potential obstacle to successful re-use. Conversely, if their associated hazards are known and mitigating methods are selectively applied, the issues can breed innovation and opportunity. The focus of this guide is to address these issues and present techniques that can lead to a fruitful re-use effort. Although post-closure re-use is a logical goal, this guide will also introduce developments and research in landfill mining and accelerated waste decomposition that offer promise for extending the life of landfills. Extending the life of a landfill complements a proactive re-use strategy. Accounting for the issues discussed in this guide and exercising foresight will facilitate the smooth transition of a closed landfill into a symbol of community pride.

Descriptors :   *TOXIC HAZARDS, *LAND USE, *PUBLIC HEALTH, *LANDFILLS, CLOSURES, THESES, TOPOGRAPHY, MINING ENGINEERING, HYDROLOGY, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), LIFE CYCLES, SOIL POLLUTION, WASTE DISPOSAL, WASTE MANAGEMENT, HAZARDOUS WASTES, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SOLID WASTES, DECOMPOSITION, GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING, RECIRCULATION, MUNICIPALITIES, WASTE GASES, HYDROGEOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Mining Engineering
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE