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A DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR ENHANCED LANDFILL MINING

  • Guillaume Pastre - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Zoe Griffiths - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Javier Val - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Abubakar Muhammad Tasiu - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Erika Valeria Camacho-Dominguez - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Stuart Wagland - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Frederic Coulon - School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

DOI 10.26403/detritus/2018.5

Released under CC BY-NC-ND

Copyright: © Cisa Publisher

Editorial History

  • Received: 10 Jan 2018
  • Revised: 09 Mar 2018
  • Accepted: 21 Mar 2018
  • Available online: 31 Mar 2018

Abstract

Enhanced Landfill Mining has great potential to reduce the negative effects of landfills on both the environment and human health, to reclaim valuable land and provide a new source of raw materials. However, uncertainties in economic feasibility and environmental and social outcomes act as a bottleneck to its widespread uptake. Here, we present a decision support tool (DST) which aims to reduce these uncertainties by assisting site operators in assessing the economic, environmental and social consequences of a proposed project, while also evaluating the best technology train to use and the amount of rare earth elements (REE) present. Such a tool is the first of its kind and we propose its use as an initial assessment aid prior to more complex modelling of project feasibility in order to increase the uptake of enhanced landfill mining practices in the field of sustainable waste management.

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