Evaluation of Environmental Impact of Landfills

by Patrick Caffrey, Project Specialist; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.,
Robert K. Ham, Assoc. Prof. of Civ. and Environmental Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.,
Martin David, Prof. of Economics; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 55-69

Document Type: Journal Paper


In order to evaluate various refuse recycling and disposal alternatives, it was necessary to evaluate the environmental impact of present disposal methods (landfill). The method used involves evaluating ratings for 20 field factors to determine the effect on six basic environmental parameters. This procedure was used to evaluate 69 sites in Wisconsin. The results showed that land use and esthetics were affected most by landfills, followed by air and water quality with lesser effects on noise and vectors. Further analysis compared average ratings for various types of land disposal sites.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Landfills | Ratings | Site investigation | Air quality | Water quality | Recycling | Field tests | Wisconsin | United States

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