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The Landfill Criteria (LC), last updated in 1993, are under review and likely to come into effect in 2015.
The LC will be updated to prescribe state of the art landfill design and management including closure and post-closure. The post-closure care period as defined in the LC as shown below may involve a long-term liability and high financial risk.
“The post closure period for which post-closure care will be determined is the contaminating lifespan of the landfill (e.g. the time period during which leachate collection or landfill gas management or monitoring is necessary). In the absence of technical rational to determine the contaminating lifespan, 1,000 years shall be used as default. In no case shall the post-closure period be less than 30 years.”
Which landfills do the LC apply to?
All landfills in British Columbia (public and private) which receive municipal solid waste, including:
• New landfills
• Lateral and vertical expansions of existing landfills
• New active phases
• Existing landfills
What options are available?
The aerobic stabilization of landfills is a proven technology for reducing the duration of the decomposting process, as well as the GHG and leachate emissions from landfills.