Surface emission of landfill gas from solid waste landfill

Jin Won Park, Ho Chul Shin

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The surface emission of landfill gas (LFG) was studied to estimate the amount of LFG efflux from solid waste landfills using an air flux chamber. LFG efflux increased as atmospheric temperature increased during the day, and the same pattern for the surface emission was observed for the change of seasons. LFG efflux rate decreased from summer through winter. The average LFG efflux rates of winter, spring and summer were 0.1584, 0.3013 and 0.8597m3 m-2 h-1 respectively. The total amount of surface emission was calculated based on the seasonal LFG efflux rate and the landfill surface area. From the estimates of LFG generation, it is expected that about 30% of the generated LFG may be released through the surface without extraction process. As forced extraction with a blower proceeded, the extraction well pressure decreased from 1100 to -100mm H2O, and the LFG surface efflux decreased markedly above 80%. Thus, the utilization of LFG by forced extraction would be the good solution for global warming and air pollution by LFG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3445-3451
Number of pages7
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science


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