How do you collect methane, and how much of it accumulates?
- Methane has been collected from 2000 until the beginning of November. 300 cubic meters per hour. If it is changed into energy it means 1.2 MWh. The annual volume is approximately 3 000 000 cubic meters of methane and if this is converted again into energy it means 10 000 MWh of energy, so it is the equivalent of more than a million liters of light fuel. It means the energy needed by about 650 households. We can still get methane for 15-20 years.
Are you able to recycle any of the waste?
- Yes, we get waste every single day. Half of that amount could still used for recovery or recycling.
How many people are employed at the dump area?
- Our company employs 13 people, but the landfill area employs 8 people.
How often do you flatten the waste?
- A landfill roller is in operation 7 ½ hours a day. Every time you add waste it will be intensified so that the pests such as rats do not get there. It is kept constantly so dense that there is no living space for them and the treatment prevents the debris from spreading to the environment so much.
How is the waste disposed from the landfill area?
- They are driven with garbageroller to a place and that is it, then it does not go anywhere. It is sort of buried and a final layer is spread on top.
How soon will the landfill area be full and will it probably be closed?
- Currently we have space to fill in this dump until at least the year 2080, but the old section was closed on the last day of October in 2007.
How much does the site maintenance cost?
- The total budget is about 5 ½ million euros.
How much does the town invest in the maintenance of the landfill?
- Not a cent.
How does this landfill area differ from landfills around the world?
- In some areas they immerse the waste in the sea. Also sorting and recycling is more advanced in some places.
Has the EU introduced reforms or new methods?
- The EU has introduced reforms and standards. New requirements, and expensive solutions such as landfill, new layouts and a variety of sorting methods are more complex and expensive, so these have become an additional cost.
What kind of problems are landfill areas facing?
- People are not sorting their waste, and they produce a lot of waste. In fact, the problems at this dump are technically solvable.
Do you have any ideas about how waste could be reused?
- Recycling waste should be improved a lot, on the assumption that the waste is sorted where it is produced, and then moved to places where it is collected. The ideal situation is that everything that can be recycled will be recycled.
Is it possible that the waste is being shifted to a place underground?
- No, that option can be rejected.
Will firing waste into space replace existing landfill sites in the future?
- I do not think so. The prescribed number of landfills is needed. When waste is incinerated, ash is generated, and that should be placed in a landfill for final disposal. Landfill area will decrease when the incinerators come along. In the future, more land may not be needed for landfills, because recycling will have improved as well as the understanding of its benefits.
How does the landfill areas affect the environment?
- When poorly managed, it pollutes. But with proper environmental measures, if it is treated according to the criteria it does not harm anything.
How the landfill has affected house prices?
- Yes, for example, complaints came from Iiksenvaara, when we tried to get a new environmental permit for an extension, and then, housing prices have begun to fall due to proximity to the landfill.
When was the landfill area founded and when will it be renewed?
.- Early 1950, and the first section was closed in 2007, and the newest section will be closed in 2030.
How much waste do you get on a daily basis?
- The annual amount is about 78 000-80 000 tonnes. Until now there is a couple of hundred pieces of cars, even more. Heavy vehicles 100-150.
Are there are deficiencies in the landfill area?
- Yes, there will always be gaps.
Luotu: 22.3.2011 09:51
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