Sanitary Landfill - Leachate and Gas Management

Online /
Sep 28 - 29, 2020 /
Course Code: 0909-ONL20

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks) *********************************************************************************

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Identify factors that impact landfill site selection, design, operation and management
  • Learn the criteria used in the design, implementation and management of landfills
  • Review the design implementation process for landfills
  • Develop an understanding of the functions of cover and liner systems
  • Reduce risk of contaminant release

The management of landfill sites is becoming an ever challenging task. Impact of leachate from landfills on groundwater quality is a major concern from public health, environmental and regulatory perspectives. Additional concerns arise due to gas migration which can result in odours, the escape of combustible gases, and landfill stability and settlement issues. To avoid such issues, the designer and landfill manager must thoroughly understand the mechanisms of protection, movement, monitoring and control of leachate and gas.

This course focuses on optimizing the performance of landfills from design to post-closure phases, and deals comprehensively with the topics of great concern to landfill designers and managers.

Course Outline:

  • Basic concepts of solid waste management
  • Regulatory framework for landfill design
  • Leachate management and disposal
  • Design of liner and cover systems
  • Contaminant transport modelling
  • Leachate and gas collection systems
  • Operation, monitoring and management

Who Should Attend:
This course would be beneficial to those who are involved in the design, operation and management of sanitary landfills, including:
Solid Waste Managers • Environmental and Municipal Engineers • Landfill Managers • Consultants • Regulatory personnel • Technicians

More Information


Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks) *********************************************************************************

Day I

Waste Management and Sanitary Landfills

  • Waste management, concept of a landfill design, estimation of landfill volume
  • Flow fundamentals, flow of leachate from landfill
  • Regulatory frameworks, landfill standards and guidelines, reasonable use criteria

Hydrology and Hydrogeology of Landfill Sites

  • Site characterization and selection
  • Principles of situating the landfill
  • Blowout and excavation

Leachate Management and Disposal

  • Volume of leachate in a landfill
  • Water balance analysis (HELP Model)
  • Leachate management
  • Landfill cover design
  • Design of leachate collection system (LCS)
  • How to minimize clogging in a LCS
  • Leachate treatment
  • Liner design (Geomembrane, GCLs, CCLs)

Day II

Site Assessment and Computer Modelling of Leachate Transport

  • Contaminant transport modelling
  • Computer simulation of groundwater environment (POLLUTE Program)
  • Contaminating life span of the site
  • Assessment of long-term performance
  • Landfill settlement and stability

Landfill Gas Management

  • Gas collection systems
  • Monitoring gas movement
  • Flares and treatment options

Landfill Operation

  • Waste segregation
  • Waste densities and compaction
  • Intermediate and final landfill cover
  • Nuisance, odour, litter and galls
  • Average cost for landfill approval, construction and operation
  • Surface water management: rainfall, run-off, erosion control

Environmental Compliance

  • Groundwater and surface water monitoring
  • Gas monitoring
  • Contingency measures

Landfill Mining

  • Why, where and when to consider landfill mining
  • Issues of landfill reclamations

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Mohammad Rayhani, Ph.D, P.Eng

Mohammad is an associate professor of Geotechnical Engineering and director of the Geo-engineering Research Group at Carleton University.

He has over a decade of experience in research, teaching and engineering consulting, and has collaborated extensively with industry leaders worldwide. He has received research grants from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Transport Canada, and other funding agencies. He has presented short courses, seminars, and guest lectures on various topics related to frontier research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, and other countries.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Western Ontario and he is the author of over 50 publications in different areas of geo-engineering. Dr. Rayhani is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

Sanitary Landfill - Leachate and Gas Management   Online | Oct 21 - 22, 2020
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