Landfill Engineering at T+T
Globally, we produce more than 2 billion tonnes of rubbish a year – the equivalent weight of four-billion elephants and most of that ends up in landfills (both engineered ones and non-engineered dumps). It’s also estimated that 8 billion tonnes of plastic has been manufactured since the 1950s and six billion tonnes of that is now waste that’s sitting in landfills or has been discarded into the environment.
Plastic rubbish has been found at the highest point on earth (the top of Mt Everest – 8,848m above sea level) and at the deepest point in the ocean (the Mariana Trench – 10,898m below sea level) and the projections are for solid waste to increase 70% by 2050.
While a world with zero-waste is our ultimate goal, it’s clear we are currently a long way away from that.
In the meantime, it’s vital we continue to deal with solid waste in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way possible. Recycle and reuse what we can, and commit what we can’t to properly engineered landfills that contain and manage the environmental effects of burying waste.
Modern landfills are complex, dynamic, live environments that require expert management and planning. Tonkin + Taylor helps many councils and private landfill owners to manage the development, operation and closure of their landfills.
Our environmental experts agree that while the title ‘landfill engineer’ may not sound exciting, the work is the most interesting, challenging and rewarding of their careers. It’s an opportunity to build long term relationships with our clients and make a real difference to the environment.