Title page for ETD etd-02162010-020310
|Type of Document
||Hur, Wendy E.
||Quantifying the effects of increased material recovery on King George County's landfill life-cycle costs
||Master of Science
|Van Aken, Eileen M.
|Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr.
|Sullivan, William G.
|Date of Defense
In today's society, the disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste is an ever
growing problem. Legislation has become increasingly stringent with regard to protecting
the environment from groundwater contamination. As documented by the EPA, the
proportion of waste disposed of in landfills has steadily declined throughout the past thirty
years due to source reduction, waste diversion to combustion facilities, and material
This project examines the effects of material recovery levels on landfill life-cycle
costs. A model has been developed to study the relationships between the operational
costs, profit, and material recovery levels. The landfill in King George County, Virginia is
used as the basis for studying the effects of increasing the current state required material
recovery level from 25% to 50%.
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