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Evaluation of cover soil properties of solid waste dumpsites in Colombo District, Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.advisor Harshani, HMD Nawagamuwa, UP Senanayake, A 2018-10-11T20:41:57Z 2018-10-11T20:41:57Z
dc.description.abstract Landfill cover soils have to serve multiple purposes such as operational safety, environmental protection, recultivation and integration of the sites into the landscape. Cover soil properties must therefore be defined with respect to the thickness, bulk density, air permeability and the available field capacity. The primary objective of this study is to examine the cover soil properties of three selected landfill sites (dumpsites) in Sri Lanka in order to propose suitable cover soil properties for similar applications in future dumpsites. Soil samples were obtained from three landfill sites in and around the city of Colombo. Laboratory tests to establish compaction characteristics, air permeability, particle size distribution and Atterberg limits were performed to assess the suitability as landfill cover soils. The study showed that landfill covers with well graded soils comply with the dry density and air permeability values, as per the guidelines. In the absence of proper gas venting facilities, it is essential to study the permeability properties of the cover soil. All three landfill sites tested need to be retrofitted with leachate and gas collecting systems that meet the standards stipulated in the guidelines. en_US
dc.subject Air permeability, compaction, cover soil, landfill. en_US
dc.title Evaluation of cover soil properties of solid waste dumpsites in Colombo District, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.identifier.volume vol. 43
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