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How Landfill Cell Design Limits Leachate

Despite the risks of leachate, it’s an unavoidable part of any landfill. Storing any kind of waste will result in leachate creation, even if there’s no organic waste mixed in to release water as it decomposes. 

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The Problem of Leachate and Storm Water at the Modern Landfill

Water, in general, is a tricky thing to handle at a waste facility. Most municipal waste facilities known as landfills accept only dry waste products, but there’s still quite a bit of water in most “dry” waste streams.

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How Long Can Liners for Leachate Ponds Last?

Choosing a liner means considering more than just how well it will handle the initial installation. 

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Designing the Leachate Pond with Secondary Containment in Mind

Secondary containment is the process of planning for eventual leaks, spills, and other forms of exposure. 

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Why Cover a Landfill Leachate Pond?

Covers are widely used in landfill designs in order to control the production of leachate. 

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Treatment Options for Improving Leachate from Landfills

Leachate may exit the landfill mound as a highly concentrated mix of chemicals, organic matter, and heavy metals, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. 

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Why Lining is Essential for Leachate Ponds

Leachate ponds often look deceptively simple. If they’re designed to hold relatively diluted leachate, they may even appear like a natural pond with healthy vegetation around the edges. 

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Building a Complete Leachate Collection System

A complete leachate collection system begins under the landfill and extends from under the cells of trash. 

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How is Landfill Leachate Formed?

While this thick runoff liquid is similar to many other byproducts from commercial and industrial processes, it’s also unique in some ways. 

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What are Landfill Leachate Ponds?

Depending on its size, the site plan, and the amount of annual rainfall, a landfill can generate hundreds of thousands of gallons of leachate water per year. 

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Secondary Containment and Leak Detection for Landfill Cells

Secondary containment is a major challenge for every outdoor waste storage project, but it’s particularly hard for landfill operators. 

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Soil Caps vs Geomembrane Caps for Landfill Cells

It’s often a misconception that landfill cell designers choose between soil or impermeable covers when creating a cap for a closed unit. 

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Designing Multi-Layered Liner Systems for Landfills

Lining a landfill is quite possible, but it is a bigger challenge than some operators first assume. 

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Open Dumps vs Sealed and Capped Landfill Cells

For centuries, solid waste disposal was informal and largely consisted of burning and burying trash in small amounts near a home or business. 

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Why Methane Makes Landfill Capping So Tricky

The lined and capped design of a modern landfill cell may make it seem like the perfect way to contain solid waste, regardless of its composition or age. 

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Why Landfills Liners and Caps Go Hand in Hand

Landfill cell design requires more than just correct volume calculations and properly sloped berms. 

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The Basics of Landfill Cell Design

Almost all new landfills designed for solid waste in the U.S. follow the cell design. 

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How Lake Restoration Can Reduce Flooding Risks

As development continues pushing commercial and residential construction into flood plain areas, it’s no wonder that property damage increases year after year from flooding. 

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Chemical vs Physical Solutions for Lake Restoration

Some proponents of lake restoration methods are completely against physical solutions for water quality issues. 

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Choosing a Liner That Can Handle Large Scale Lake Restoration

A lake restoration project may call for using an impermeable liner material over the entire bottom and banks of the feature, or it may only require a few patches of liner installed in certain areas. 

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When Are Liners Used in Lake Restoration?

Restoring anything as big as a lake, is likely to require more than one approach. 

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Identifying Lakes in Need of Restoration

Not every lake that looks a little disheveled or high in algae needs immediate restoration. 

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Private vs Public Lake Restoration

Lake restoration is often discussed and written about as solely the undertaking of municipal groups responsible for public bodies of water. 

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The Major Challenges of Lake Restoration

While lake restoration has many goals and can restore the beauty and function of an existing waterway, it’s not a simple process. 

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What is Lake Restoration?

The term, lake restoration, encompasses all of the various techniques used to improve and restore damaged lakes. 

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