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Landfill gas capture code launched

A best practice guide aimed at increasing landfill gas capture has been launched by the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

The Industry Code of Practice (ICOP) for the management of landfill gas provides “guiding principles” for operators and regulators involved in the collection and use of landfill gas.

The document, commissioned and funded by the UK’s major waste management firms, includes advice on:

  • Health and safety considerations
  • Dealing with hazardous substances
  • Operation and maintenance  on gas systems, gas treatment, optimising landfill capture
  • The principles of landfill modelling and data capture

The industry has been working with regulators to define rules for the sector to maximise the capture of landfill gas to keep in step with improved techniques for gas capture.

The ESA said the document is expected to be referred to by regulatory authorities in determining and demonstrating the exercise of best practice, but that it does not replace site specific competent design, installation and operation.

Landfill gas is produced by the breakdown of organic materials in landfill sites which can be a serious greenhouse gas if left uncontrolled.

However, when capture it can be used as a renewable energy source, and made up around 20% of all green electricity produced in 2010.

ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow, said: “The ICOP will enable continued effective management of landfill gas, with associated environmental benefits. It is a result of effective joint working, and we particularly welcomed the involvement of the UK’s environmental regulators in its development.

“Publishing this ICOP is one example of how we are demonstrating our commitments in the Waste and Resource Sector Responsibility Deal: to maximize recovery of landfill gas, and to adopt practices that reduce nuisance and impact on local communities.”

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