Invited Session: Closing Dumpsites

Closing Dumpsites: Assessing the Practicality of a Solution (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
14:00 – 15:00
Room 323

Moderator: Russell Martin, Global Product Stewardship Council, Australia

The presenter traveled in 2013 to an eight-hectare dumpsite on the edge of a major urban center to scope out a closure project. The open dump is still there. This is his account of ill-conceived plans, including a waste-to-energy plant, a successful compost plant that was engulfed in the dump, and removal of the dump, that were conveyed to him from the authorities and he saw firsthand. The presentation assesses the alternate design of the team and the regulatory design (relocation of dump) and the costs estimates and practicality associated with both. This is hoped to show the true costs and impracticality of some plans that have dubious value for improving conditions for the village people at the dump and the impacted river in the shadow of the dump.

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Examine technical issues with closing a dump
  • Evaluate appropriate dump closure costs
  • Understand long-term post-closure care costs


Bruce Clark, Project Director, SCS Engineers, Florida

Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark is a solid waste engineer and has worked on dozens of sanitary landfills and dumpsites around the world. He has traveled to China, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Central America working on siting new landfills, closing old landfills and investigating new waste management technologies. He has 38 years of professional experience and has been a licensed civil engineer for 35 years.