Environmental management of quarries as waste disposal facilities

Mutasem El-Fadel, Salah Sadek, Walid Chahine

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    Problems associated with the disposal of municipal solid waste have become a source of public concern worldwide as awareness of potential adverse environmental impacts and health threats from solid waste has increased. Communities are concerned about the generation and management of solid waste to the extent of refusing to allow new disposal facilities near their homes, often after witnessing the legacy of existing facilities. Under these conditions, the development of national policies for the management of solid waste becomes highly political, all while requiring appropriate technical solutions that ensure environmental protection and proper management plans that support an acceptable solution for the disposal of municipal solid waste. In some locations, the conversion of old quarries into well-engineered and controlled landfills appears as a promising solution to a continuously increasing problem, at least for many decades to come. This paper describes the environmental impacts associated with solid waste disposal in a converted quarry site and the mitigation measures that can be adopted to alleviate potential adverse impacts. Environmental management and monitoring plans are also discussed in the context of ensuring adequate environmental protection during and after the conversion process.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)515-531
    Number of pages17
    JournalEnvironmental Management
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2001


    • Impacts
    • Landfill
    • Mitigation
    • Monitoring
    • Quarry
    • Solid waste


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