The practice "Restoration of non-compliant landfill site in Tersefanou Larnaka District», one of the 10 high risk landfill sites of Cyprus.
The practical objective of this practice is the restoration of the non-compliant landfill site in Tersefanou (Larnaka District), one of the 10 high risk (Category C non-compliant landfill) landfill sites in Cyprus.
The Tersefanou landfill (LF) Tersefanou (LR08) has an area of 183 000 m2) and a volume of 1.661.650 m3. From 1980 to 2010 municipal waste was disposed there.
The restoration works included the following:
• Collection of scattered lightweight waste and redeposit them on the landfill waste mass.
• Rearrangement of the landfill surface so that the slope of the final upper surface of the restored landfill permits drainage of rainwater.
• Installation of a capping system
• Measures to prevent surface erosion (e.g. green growth).
• Construction works
- to prevent inflow of rainwater from the sides of the landfill.
-for the collection and safe removal of biogas
-for the control and monitoring of the landfill during the aftercare
period (controls for groundwater, biogas, subsidence, etc)
-for leachate emitted from sides or other points
-Measures for fires (e.g. fire zones)
-Setting of the boundaries/ fencing and security.
-Environmental control and monitorong programme during after
The approved Project budget for the construction was 4.789.000€, 85% was co-financed by the Cohesion Funds while the rest was financed by the Republic of Cyprus.
Evidence of success
The restoration is considered a good practice due to the resulting positive environmental impacts which include:
• Reduction of the negative effects on air quality from the collection of the produced biogas and its disposal after appropriate treatment.
• Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions .
• Reduction of ground and surface water pollution.
• Reduced risks from the uncontrolled waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste.
• Reduction of land pollution.
• Reduction of fire incidents.
Some of the chalenges are the collection and the safe removal of biogas and the control and monitoring of the landfill during the aftercare period.
Potential for learning or transfer
The restoration of the non sanitary landfill has preserved and has improved the quality of the urban environment and has increased the land value of the area. It has also enchanced the social acceptance.
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