What’s in a Landfill?

Placing of the first bales of waste at Arthurstown in October 1997

Placing of the first bales of waste at Arthurstown in October 1997

A Landfill is the filling of a hole in the ground with waste. That is how the old landfills (Dumps) operated. There was no environmental control on the old landfills .

A modern landfill is engineered and will be lined before any waste is buried. This liner will protect the surrounding environment from any waste pollution.

The Lining System will comprise of a HDPE Liner. (High Density Polyethylene) The Landfill will be strictly managed and monitored. The Landfill will produce a landfill gas. 

All modern landfills will have most or all of the following:

Lined Cells, Surface Water and Groundwater Drainage Systems, Leachate Collection Systems, Leachate Treatment Plants, Landfill Gas Collection Systems, Landfill Gas Flare Units, Landfill Gas Utilisation Plants, Environmental Monitoring Infrastructure, Odour Control Systems, Dust Control, Noise Control,  Bird Control and experienced management staff. 

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  • From the Gallery…

    Grab Excavator stacking 2 bales each time (4 tonnes) The First 3 Landfill Gas Engines (Jensbaucher) at Arthurstown in April 2004 Visitor holding a Harris Hawk at Arthurstown Landfill Arial - Arthurstown Landfill