Phytocapping as a sustainable cover for waste containment systems: Experience of the A-ACAP study

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Title Phytocapping as a sustainable cover for waste containment systems: Experience of the A-ACAP study
Author Yuen, S.T.S.; Salt, M.; Sun, J.; Benaud, Pia Emma; Zhu, G.X.; Jaksa, M.B.; Ghadiri, Hossein; Greenway, Margaret; Ashwath, N.; Fourie, A.B.
Publication Title 13th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
Editor Raffaella Cossu, Pinjiing He, Peter Kjelden, Yasushi Matsufuji, Debra Reinhart, Rainer Stegmann
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Italy
Publisher CISA publisher
Abstract Phytocaps offer a natural soil-plant alternative to the conventional engineered “barrier” landfill covers. They are often appropriately called evapotranspiration or store-andrelease covers. They require less engineering input and are less costly to construct as they commonly utilise locally available recourses (soil and plant). By planting native species, they also enhance the ecological value of closed landfill sites and allow a more sustainable approach compared with conventional covers. This paper introduces the phytocapping concept, provides a brief description of a 5 year national research program conducted in Australia, presents a summary of the study findings, and discusses the performance of phytocaps in comparison with conventional compacted clay covers under a wide range of Australian bioclimatic conditions.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 CISA publisher. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Conference name Sardinia 2011
Location S.Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy
Date From 2011-10-03
Date To 2011-10-07
Date Accessioned 2011-12-01
Language en_US
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Engineering Design
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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