East Bay Waste Management: From Landfill to Park

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 6, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


A balancing act between public interests, government regulations, and a private concern evolved into a total waste-management system for the San Francisco Bay area cities. Civil engineers led the professional interests to a compromise solution for garbage disposal, which brought about energy recovery and a new recreational facility. Alameda County's solid waste program has won grudging acceptance from even the most vociferous opponents in the community. Innovative materials and methods were used to achieve stable operation of the facilities under conditions of extensive and unequal landsettlement of the entire site. Use of a synthetic membrane cover, placed strategically to keep methane gas from escaping and to keep leachate from polluting groundwater, is one major feature of the project.

Subject Headings: Recreational facilities | Bays | Coastal management | Landfills | Parks | Groundwater pollution | Public participation | Government | San Francisco Bay Area | California | United States

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