In the Netherlands, we produce 60 million tonnes of waste per year. Two million tonnes cannot be recycled or incinerated. That material is transported to a landfill site that has been carefully constructed to protect the soil, groundwater and air.
An effective but expensive solution, that requires continuous aftercare. This is what triggered the Dutch waste management industry, national and local governments and research institutes, to investigate a more sustainable and efficient solution.
A strictly supervised research programme into sustainable landfill management (abbreviated in dutch: iDS) is to be conducted in three Dutch provinces. With this research programme, we are working on a cost-effective approach that doesn’t burden future generations.
Please find below an animation on the research programme at the Dutch landfills and links to the publications available in English.
> Development of emission testing values to assess sustainable landfill management on pilot landfills, Phase 2: Proposals for testing values, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), may 2014
> Calculating site-specific emission criteria for sustainable landfills, the Dutch approach, J.J. Dijkstra, A. van Zomeren, R.N.J. Comans, E.Brand en J.W. Claessens, 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium op Sardinië, 30 september – 4 october 2013
> New Dutch legislation to allow research of natural biodegradation at landfills, W.J. Kattenberg, H.A. van der Sloot, T.J. Heimovaara, 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium op Sardinië, 30 september – 4 october 2013