Hazardous Waste Landfill: Some Lessons from New Jersey

by Peter Montague, Dept. of Chem. Engrg. and Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 9, Pg. 53-56

Document Type: Feature article


There are four key elements in a secure, hazardous waste landfill: a bottom liner; a leachate collection system; a cover; and the natural hydrogeologic setting. Each of these elements is critical to success. New Jersey's experience with hazardous-waste landfills shows that synthetic liners are prone to problems—and that clay liners also have their troubles. Also, this experience shows that landfill covers are vulnerable to attack from erosion, vegetation, soil-dwelling mammals, sunlight, subsidence, and human activities. Four case histories are presented.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Clay liners | Landfills | Case studies | Leachates | Hydrogeology | Clays | Erosion | New Jersey | United States

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