What is the lifespan of a landfill?
The average lifespan of a landfill is about 8 years
Landfills are not built then watched until they fill up. An engineered landfill is sized so that it fills up in an estimated period of time. Usually the interior is divided up into cells which are filled sequentially so the status of the estimate can be corrected. Building against an estimated lifespan allows planning for the development of a new site to be done in an orderly fashion.
There are 5 Landfills in the Auckland region. They are Rosedale Road landfill, Greenmount Landfill, Redvale Landfill, Whitford Landfill and Hunua Gorge Landfill. None of these are situated in Auckland City itself but are situated in North Shore, Waiatakere City, Manukau City and Papakura. These are administered by the Auckland regional council.
Landfills are often funded through a combination of methods. They are usually supported first by use taxes. Use taxes are simply paying for direct use of the service. People and businesses who take refuse to the landfill will pay for the benefit of dumping in the landfill. in addition, homeowners are often times charged a landfill or trash collection fee for the services of picking up trash and the trash being taken to the landfill…