Investigations into the landfill behaviour of pretreated wastes
ABSTRACT 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. Pretreatment 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.
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ABSTRACT: Mechanical biological treatment (MBT) is an effective technique, which removes organic carbon from municipal solid waste (MSW) prior to deposition. Thereby, methane (CH4) production in the landfill is strongly mitigated. However, direct measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from full-scale MBT landfills have not been conducted so far. Thus, CH4 and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from a German MBT landfill in operation as well as their concentrations in the landfill gas (LFG) were measured. High N2O emissions of 20-200gCO2eq.m-2h-1 magnitude (up to 428mgNm-2h-1) were observed within 20m of the working face. CH4 emissions were highest at the landfill zone located at a distance of 30-40m from the working face, where they reached about 10gCO2eq.m-2h-1. The MBT material in this area has been deposited several weeks earlier. Maximum LFG concentration for N2O was 24.000ppmv in material below the emission hotspot. At a depth of 50cm from the landfill surface a strong negative correlation between N2O and CH4 concentrations was observed. From this and from the distribution pattern of extractable ammonium, nitrite, and nitrate it has been concluded that strong N2O production is associated with nitrification activity and the occurrence of nitrite and nitrate, which is initiated by oxygen input during waste deposition. Therefore, CH4 mitigation measures, which often employ aeration, could result in a net increase of GHG emissions due to increased N2O emissions, especially at MBT landfills.Waste Management 02/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.wasman.2013.01.028 · 3.16 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The effect of degradation and settlement on transport properties of mechanically and biologically treated (MBT) waste was examined by applying three different tracers to two waste columns (~0.5m diameter) in a series of closed-loop experiments. One column was allowed to biodegrade and the other was bio-suppressed. Permeability and drainable porosity were reduced by settlement, in line with previous results. A dual-porosity model performed well against the data and suggested that more preferential flow occurred early on in the un-degraded column. Diffusion timescales were found to be between 0.8 and 6days. Volumetric water contents of the mobile region were found to be small in the bio-suppressed cell (~0.01) and even smaller values were found in the degrading waste, possibly due to displacement by gas. Once either settlement or gas production had disrupted this pattern into a more even flow, subsequent compression made little difference to the diffusion time-scale. This may indicate that transport was thereafter dominated by other aspects of the waste structure such as the distribution of low-permeability objects. The presence of gas in the degrading waste reduced the volumetric water content through displacement. The model indicated that the gas was primarily located in the more mobile porosity fraction. Primary compression of the degrading waste tended to squeeze this gas out of the waste in preference to water.Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 05/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2013.04.007 · 2.70 Impact Factor