Edinburgh Instruments Ltd
based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM
In March 1986 an explosion destroyed a bungalow adjacent to a landfill site in Loscoe, Derbyshire. Subsequent measurements showed that 150-200 cubic meters of gas per hour were being generated by landfill waste. This event triggered a change in the way the waste industry considered and regulated gas generated at landfill sites; resulting in the landfill regulations of 2002, and in particular LFTGN03: the Guidance on the Management of landfill Gas.
The regulations, which run to 128 pages, describe the management and control of landfill sites, and define landfill gas as being all the gas generated from landfill waste. This includes gases generated by biodegradation of waste and gas arising from chemical reactions and the volatilisation of chemicals from the waste.
These regulations require that for every landfill site, a gas management plan is put in place to ensure:
• Landfill gas must be collected from all landfills receiving biodegradable waste and the landfill gas must be treat