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When and Where Does Landfill Mining Make Sense?

July 9, 2019

Via: Waste360

Landfill mining has been around for decades, whereby buried waste and soil are excavated to free airspace; to recover salable commodities; to reduce cost and environmental issues around degradable waste, such as those related to leachate and gas production; and to remediate or redevelop property.

Still, few of the roughly 80 to 90 documented projects that have launched worldwide ever made it past a feasibility demo, pilot or lab-scale venture. That includes projects in about 14 U.S. states. Just the same, some solid waste professionals think landfill mining will see its day in time, particularly in developing countries.

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