Overview of a Sanitary Landfill Operation Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the development of a sanitary landfill.
# 150104 | 1,292 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper discusses the history and current use of the Fountain Avenue Landfill, which is located near Brooklyn, NY. First, the paper describes the author's interview with the chairman of the landfill in which he told of environmental concerns with the site, including seepage. Then the paper addresses the primary sources of waste for the landfill and a current reclamation project. Next, the paper examines the problems of leachate that are found in the landfill and how to manage it, including collection and treatment. The paper concludes with an exploration of plans for the future of the Fountain Avenue Landfill, which include acres of hiking trails, green spaces for unconstrained recreation, sports fields and wildlife conservatory.


Facility Operations
Primary Source of Waste
Leachate Collection and Treatment
Major Regulatory Issues
Plans for the Future

From the Paper:

"I would have the opportunity upon visiting the site to speak with the foreman of the current reclamation project, who was armed with a considerable amount of experience and knowledge on the operation of the landfill. From its opening in the early 1950s, the landfill was paired with the adjacent Pennsylvania Avenue landfill, both of which were used for major solid waste disposal throughout the 20th century. The Fountain Avenue site is a 297 acre landscape that was initially overseen by the New York City Department of Sanitation and during the peak of its usage had grown to be seen as one of the largest landfills in the United States.
"Due to widespread concerns over the ecological damage caused by the landfill site, including trends of seepage into Jamaica Bay and a general enormity which had rendered it one of New York's primary examples of massive environmental blight, it had become the subject throughout the several decades of various proposal for closing and reopening. Indeed, the landfill had historically been decommissioned and returned to usage at various points in its history."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Corcoran, D. (1995). Jersey; Midlife Lessons of a Meadowlands Landfill. The New York Times. Online at http://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/21/nyregion/jersey-midlife-lessons-of-a-meadowlands-landfill.html
  • DelliCarpini, C. (1999). City makes improvements to Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue Landfills. Department of Environmental Protection. Online at http://web.archive.org/web/20011119122810/http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/press/99-19pr.html
  • Kjeldsen, P.; Barlaz, M.A.; Rooker, A.P.; Baun, A.; Ledin, A. & Christensen, T.H. (2002). Present and Long-Term Composition of MSW Landfill Leachate: A Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 32(4), 297-336.
  • Rutgers Environmental Research Clinic. (2009). Landfill to Golf Course. Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Online at http://rerc.rutgers.edu/landfilltogolfcourse/index.html
  • WNYC. (2007). A Forest Grows On a Brooklyn Landfill. WNYC.org.

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