The Beetham Solid Waste Landfill, Trinidad & Tobago

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COSTAATT FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

REPORT: THE BEETHAM SOLID WASTE LANDFILL

COURSE NAME: SOLID WASTE MANAGMENT

NAME: GENIEVE VALENTINE-00022714

LECTURER: VENESSA ELLIOT

DUE DATE: 21/04/10
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3 Report on The Beetham Solid Waste Landfill……………………………………………………………………..........6  Waste management practices  Land filling methods  Location suitability  Equipment  Reason for the recommended closure of The Beetham Solid Waste Landfill Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….9 Recommendations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..10 References………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………..11

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INTRODUCTION
Being in existence for over thirty years and with a size of sixty-one hectares (0.61 km), The Beetham Solid Waste Landfill, is the largest disposal site, in the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Due to poor maintenance, SWMCOL was given full managerial duties, in April, 1983, of this landfill, as a means of ensuring that public health and nearby wildlife habitats were protected. The Beetham Landfill receives an estimation of 738 tonnes of waste or about 1500 trucks of waste per day. Bottle recovery (glass bottles are sorted and sent to The Caribbean Glass co.) and the stabilization of a faecal pond system are also practised at this landfill. (The household faecal collection system is a 3-step process of filtration and the end result goes back into the neighbouring mangrove) Its daily intake of wastes comprises of both domestic and commercial wastes. The table below illustrates the average percentage ratio of the amount of each waste component.

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TABLE SHOWING THE WASTE COMPONENTS COLLECTED AT THE BEETHAM SOLID WASTE LANDFILL WASTE MATERIAL ORGANICS PAPER GLASS METALS PLASTICS TEXTILES RUBBER & LEATHER OTHER 0.2 PERCENTAGE, % 26.7 19.7 10.5 10.4 19.9 7.3 5.3

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REPORT
This area was basically moulded through the...
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