Preliminary feasibility study on the use of mono-disposal landfills for e-waste as temporary storage for future mining

Ramzy F. Kahhat, Edward Kavazanjian

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Abstract

The rising quantities of electronic waste (e-waste) around the world necessitates new approaches for sustainable management of this waste stream. One strategy for managing this waste stream is the use of e-waste mono disposal landfills, or monofills, as temporary storage for future mining. E-waste monofills can be a sustainable waste management solution. However, lifecycle costs must be considered to determine if e-waste monofills are feasible alternatives. The lifecycle cost of e-waste monofilling depends on a variety of different variables, including the configuration of the containment system and discretionary operational considerations. Classification of e-waste as hazardous waste suggests that a RCRA Subtitle C-compliant (hazardous waste landfill) containment system should be employed. However, available data indicates that a RCRA Subtitle D-compliant (municipal solid waste landfill) containment systems should provide more than adequate environmental protection. Discretionary landfill operational decisions that may impact lifecycle cost include processing e-waste prior to placement and/or placement of the e-waste in a soil matrix. Ultimately, the feasibility of e-waste monofilling depends upon the potential value assigned to future recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 5 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010 - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: May 17 2010May 19 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period5/17/105/19/10

Keywords

  • Electronic waste
  • Landfill
  • Monofills
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Kahhat, R. F., & Kavazanjian, E. (2010). Preliminary feasibility study on the use of mono-disposal landfills for e-waste as temporary storage for future mining. In Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010 [5507740] (Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2010.5507740