Invited Session: Closing Dumpsites

Dump Site Fires: A Growing Problem in the Developing World (0.5 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
14:00 – 14:30
Room 323

Moderator: Nubi Afolasade Tosin MNSE, PMP, Civil and Environmental Engineer, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Almost every day a major landfill fire erupts at a dump site somewhere in the developing world, spewing clouds of toxic smoke, blanketing surrounding communities and causing medical distress to residents that live down wind of the facilities. Deonar and Ghazipur in India, Cerro Patacon in Panama, and New Providence in the Bahamas are just a few of the landfills that have experienced catastrophic fires in the past few years. The societal and environmental costs of these fires continue to mount. This presentation explores the root causes of the fires, how they are extinguished and suggests several practical solutions that could be adopted to prevent the crises.


Dr. Tony Sperling, P.E., President, Landfill Fire Control, Inc.

Tony Sperling

Dr. Tony Sperling, P.E., is the president of Landfill Fire Control, Inc., a company that specializes in landfill fire extinguishment, fire safety audits and fire risk reduction training. He has participated in 14 major landfill fire extinguishment projects, as well as numerous forensic investigations. He regularly trains landfill staff and municipal fire fighters on the latest techniques in landfill fire control. Dr. Sperling has published papers on landfill fire control in SWANA publications. He is a member of SWANA’s Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) faculty and the presenter of SWANA’s eCourse on landfill fire suppression.