Investigations into the landfill behaviour of pretreated wastes

Siddiqui, A.A., Richards, D.J. and Powrie, W. (2012) Investigations into the landfill behaviour of pretreated wastes. Waste Management, 32, (7), 1420-1426. (doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2012.03.016). (PMID:22513159).


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Mechanical-biological treatment of municipal solid waste has become popular throughout the UK and other parts of Europe to enable compliance with the Landfill Directive. Pre-treatment will have a major influence on the degradation and settlement characteristics of the waste in landfills owing to the changes in the composition and properties of the wastes. This paper presents and compares the results of long term landfill behaviour of the UK and German MBT wastes pretreated to different standards. The gas generating potential, leachate quality and settlement characteristics are highlighted. The results reveal that it is possible to achieve stabilisation of MBT waste within a year and the biogas yield and leachate strength of German MBT waste was significantly reduced compared with the UK MBT waste. The settlement resulting from mechanical creep is more significant than the biodegradation induced settlement in both cases.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2012.03.016
ISSNs: 0956-053X (print)
1879-2456 (electronic)
Keywords: mbt waste, biodegradation, leachate, landfill, settlement
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science > Infrastructure Research Group
ePrint ID: 340851
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2012Published
16 April 2012Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 11:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:30
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/E00654X/1)
Led by: William Powrie
1 December 2006 to 31 May 2011

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