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THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS FOR DAILY COVER AT MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS. A Project Summary (EPA/600/SR-93/172)
Pohland, F. G. AND J. T. Graven. THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS FOR DAILY COVER AT MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS. A Project Summary (EPA/600/SR-93/172). EPA/600/R-93/172 (NTIS 93-227197), 1993.
This investigation was conducted to assess the applicability of currently available (ca. 1992) alternative materials for use as daily cover at landfills. Information on characteristics, material and equipment requirements, methods of preparation and application, climatic and operational considerations, effectiveness, and costs were evaluated with respect to present status and potential for use. Results indicated that alternative daily cover materials (ADCMs) can augment management practices at municipal solid waste landfills while enhancing environmental control. Although applicability of ADCMs varied depending on site specificity and the particular material used, most were easily applied, satisfied operational and regulatory requirements, saved landfill capacity, decreased soil requirements, and facilitated leachate and gas management and control. Although most materials met established criteria for daily cover, differences exist that warrant development of consensus performance standards for use and application. Further development and integration into overall landfill management practices are also justified.