Is landfilling the only solution to waste management?

Team Veye | 22-Jul-2019 waste management

The millions of tonnes of solid waste materials generated each year in Australia’s material-intensive economy are handled through its waste management facilities which are generally grouped into transfer stations, resource recovery facilities, and landfills. The waste included masonry materials, organics, ash, hazardous waste (mainly contaminated soil), paper and cardboard and metals. There is also core waste that managed within the waste and resource recovery sector. This comprised of municipal solid waste also from households.

Landfilling facilities must follow proper waste handling and management practices. The use of suitable lining systems for waste containment and the implementation of efficient leakage monitoring and detection systems are a must.

Landfills sites should be regularly monitored and given standard directives. Because in addition to emitting methane, which is twenty times more powerful than carbon dioxide, they also require treatment for multiple years to ensure that they do not pollute our environment.

Many countries in Europe have virtually restricted the use of landfills. They are using landfills for less than three percent of waste whereas Australia puts around forty percent of its waste into landfills.

These countries have achieved this by maximising recycling and other technologies. Despite Australians being very good at recycling, waste management needs more attention.

We should start seeing waste as one of the untapped resources that we have. Many private waste management businesses are now considered specialists in their field, whether it’s waste oil, timber, metals, landfill gas, paper, plastics, green waste or organic food matter, they find a way to give it a second chance at life.


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