IS A LANDFILL CONSERVANCY?
is taking the “monitoring of waste disposal sites”
to the next level.
Remember all legal landfill applications have to have a full Environmental
Impact Assessment. This means that all interested and effected
[parties of the area can influence the out come if they have the
drive, time, commitment and patience.
We all produce waste and if your ideals relate to waste reduction/
recycling/zero waste /biodiversity protection/ecosystems restoration
/plant rescue and relocation/wildlife protection and relocation
just to name a few of the ever increasing list – this is the
place for your involvement.
You can influence your local EIA process to a
point that the activities of your involvement in a monitoring committee
meeting ensures that the Terms of Reference of the landfill will
include working towards conservation status.
Working towards turning the old fashioned ‘dumps’ into
modern engineered landfills which can be managed as conservancies
and amazing as it may seem becoming the green lungs of your area
in the long term as your surrounds get covered in concrete with
so called development.
The conservancy approach to landfills with its many challenges
could end up protecting your area by making the footprint and buffer
zone of your landfill un-developable in the future. The only applicable
land use is as a ‘green zone’ with many potential modern
add-ons for long term sustainability that you can have included
in the original EIA and Terms of Reference.
- Full ecosystems restoration.
- Alien plant bio-control stations.
- Birding areas.
- Green electricity production.
- Gas use for green vehicles.
- Leachate treatment and re-use processes.
- Long term recycle projects.
- Re-use of plant matter –
(a) rehabilitation nursery
(b) rescue and relocation
(c) soil amelioration projects
(d) shredding of green waste – mulching, composting, erosion
protection, dust suppression.
NOTE: These are a few examples and these
could change depending on your local habitat and situation.