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Methodology of Environmental Diagnosis for Construction and Demolition Waste Landfills: a Tool for Planning and Making Decisions

Department of Civil Engineering, Edificio Politécnico, Campus de Fuentenueva, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain.
Environmental Technology (Impact Factor: 1.56). 12/2005; 26(11):1231-41. DOI: 10.1080/09593332608618601
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Current legislation in the European Union regarding landfills provides measures, procedures and guidance to prevent or reduce, insofar as possible, negative effects on the environment. This means that Member States must take measures so that landfills cannot operate unless the operator first presents a plan for the site, which includes the implementation of improvements considered necessary by the engineer for compliance with regulations. Researchers at the University of Granada have developed a method to ascertain the degree of environmental impact that a construction and demolition waste landfill may produce on its immediate surroundings. This methodology is based on environmental indexes; its objective is to give crucial information concerning possible environmental problems produced by a landfill. The data thus obtained will permit the elaboration of guidelines for improvements in the location, design, and operation of landfills, or in extreme cases, their dosing, sealing, and rehabilitation.

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