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Environmental impacts of solid waste landfilling

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Inevitable consequences of the practice of solid waste disposal in landfills are gas and leachate generation due primarily to microbial decomposition, climatic conditions, refuse characteristics and landfilling operations. The migration of gas and leachate away from the landfill boundaries and their release into the surrounding environment present serious environmental concerns at both existing and new facilities. Besides potential health hazards, these concerns include, and are not limited to, fires and explosions, vegetation damage, unpleasant odors, landfill settlement, ground water pollution, air pollution and global warming. This paper presents an overview of gas and leachate formation mechanisms in landfills and their adverse environmental impacts, and describes control methods to eliminate or minimize these impacts.

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El-Fadel, Mutasem, Findikakis, Angelos N. and Leckie, James O. (1997) Environmental impacts of solid waste landfilling Journal of Environmental Management, 50, (1), pp. 1-25. (doi:10.1006/jema.1995.0131).

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Published date: May 1997
Keywords: landfill, solid waste disposal, biodegradation, gas and leachate generation, environmental impacts, control methods

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Local EPrints ID: 74364
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/74364
ISSN: 0301-4797
PURE UUID: 9d5eb19c-1f45-4396-9aa6-b27921b0b4ab

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:46

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Author: Mutasem El-Fadel
Author: Angelos N. Findikakis
Author: James O. Leckie

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