Landfill operational techniques in the presence of elevated temperatures

Timothy D. Stark, Navid H. Jafari

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Elevated temperatures in municipal solid waste landfills can produce obnoxious odors, toxic gases, and aggressive leachates, as well as damage gas extraction, leachate collection, interim cover, and composite liner systems. They also can result in expensive remedial measures and warrant permanent closure of the facility. Several factors can lead to elevated landfill temperatures, including air ingress, partially extinguished surface fires, reactive wastes, and spontaneous oxidation. Landfills typically experience changes to gas composition and flow, leachate chemistry and volume generation, and surface movement. Based on observed management, operation, and maintenance of elevated temperature facilities, various operational techniques are proposed for isolating and containing the elevated temperatures in a landfill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
EditorsThomas L. Brandon, Richard J. Valentine
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages9
EditionGSP 276
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480434
StatePublished - 2017
EventGeotechnical Frontiers 2017 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2017Mar 15 2017

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
NumberGSP 276
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeotechnical Frontiers 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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