Press release RIVM: New assessment framework for leachate water from landfill sites

Friday May 16, 2014 09:53

RIVM and ECN have developed an innovative assessment framework for testing the environmental effects on soil and groundwater of leachate water from sustainable landfill sites. The Netherlands is the first country to attempt sustainable landfill management on such a large scale in three pilot projects.

The new assessment framework is based on environmental quality criteria. With this framework testing values for leachate water could be determined for the protection of groundwater and surface water immediately adjacent to landfill sites. Unique is that the specific characteristics of the soil, groundwater and landfill site could be taken into account, leaving room for custom-made calculations. The framework was developed in the context of a GreenDeal between the government (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and several Dutch provinces), science (RIVM and ECN) and landfill operators.

Sustainable landfill management is an innovative new method for dealing with landfill sites. This involves treating the waste in landfill sites with water and air. In the resultant processes, any hazardous substances are either broken down or they become bound to the waste. It is believed that little, if any, of these substances will emerge from the landfill site, so the soil and groundwater are effectively protected. At international level, research into sustainable landfill management began as long ago as the 1990s.

Read the entire press release on the website of RIVM

Category: Engineering & materials, Corporate