Future of Sanitary Landfill

by Bruce Thompson, Environmental Research Specialist; Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., Milwaukee, Wisc.,
Iraj Zandi, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. and Urban Engrg., Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 41-54

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper offers and examines a new policy which, upon adoption, could: (1) Reduce people's objection to sanitary landfill as a neighbor; (2) significantly increase the amount of land eligible for use as sanitary landfill; (3) reduce to some degree inequity between rich and poor; and (4) provide a more desirable land-use policy. The proposed policy has four salient features: (1) It allows the use of only small sites (20 acres or less), (2) it allows utilization of each site for a short period of time (1yr to 3yrs) (3) it guarantees that at the end of the designated period, the site will be converted into a community asset, such as a park; and (4) it allows only the most advanced engineering design, construction, and operation to eliminate temporary nuisances as much as possible. The data and analysis presented indicate that (1) In Philadelphia, sufficient vacant land exists within the city limits to operate sanitary landfills for more than 40 yrs; and (2) the cost of such a plan is within the acceptable range.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Land use | Landfills | Assets | Parks | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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