| Natural biodegradation research programme on Dutch landfills

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.