Effectiveness of MSW Landfills in Controlling Releases

Publish Date: 2003

This report presents the findings of a year-long research project that investigated the effectiveness of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in controlling releases of heavy metals to the environment.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement to ban certain products from disposal in MSW landfills due to the concern over the potential release of heavy metals contained in these products to the environment. In response, the SWANA Applied Research Foundation’s Disposal Group felt that there was a need to summarize and document what is known concerning the actual environmental releases of heavy metals associated with the landfill disposal of these products.

The purpose of this report is to provide up-to-date scientific and technical information regarding the effectiveness of MSW landfills in controlling releases of heavy metals to the environment due to the disposing of products containing heavy metals in MSW landfills. This report presents data, findings, and conclusions based on a comprehensive review of the published literature and ongoing research related to this topic.

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