Management of Leachate from Sanitary Landfills

by Jeff M. Harris, Browning-Ferris Industries, United States,
James A. Gaspar, Browning-Ferris Industries, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


Sanitary landfills remain the most common form of solid waste disposal in America. However, environmentalists are concerned about the degradation of ground water by leachate, which is generated in the landfill by precipitation percolating through and mixing with the waste fill. The resulting leachate is usually a high strength wastewater. This paper provides an overview of modern landfill design technology to minimize leachate formation, prevent ground water quality degradation, and dispose of the leachate in an environmentally responsible manner.

Subject Headings: Landfills | Leachates | Waste management | Groundwater pollution | Water pollution | Waste disposal | Percolation | Groundwater management

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