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Friday, 20 March 2015

Mining landfill sites

Sidmouth's former town dump towards Bowd might be a future font of resources...

This is from the press release from a meeting of the Vision Group back in October 2009, as reported by a former District Council employee:
Ice House Lane:

Up from the railway bridge, used to be a land fill site (over 30 years ago). When the land fill was closed, a sewer was laid from Green Lane to near Bradfords yard.


Futures Forum: Persimmon, Sidmouth and "promoting well-designed housing that is sustainable and provides much-needed new housing..."

The idea of 'mining' former dumps is gaining ground.

This is from last year's The Engineer conference:

We are now mining landfill sites.


As some resources become scarce landfill mining is gaining in popularity




















As some resources become scarce landfill mining is gaining in popularity
The idea of mining landfill sites for precious metals and fuels for power generation has gathered momentum in recent years.
But whilst the rise of the landfill mine is, in most respects a welcome trend the fact that we’re even having to consider doing it is also a stark illustration of mankind’s historically inefficient and shortsighted use of resources.
One potential way of breaking the cycle is through the so-called “circular economy” a model for an industrial economy in which materials and components are developed to be kept in use for as long as possible and to be recovered and regenerated at the end of their lives.  
Many believe that embracing these kind of approaches will be critical if industry is to be resilient enough to cope with the unpredictable impact of climate change on global supply chains.
​Nine things we learned at The Engineer conference 2014 | Opinion | The Engineer

The UK governments are taking an interest:
BBC News - Landfill mines to produce UK energy 'in 15 to 20 years', says minister
Landfill mining could be future of recycling | UK | News | Daily Express

And so is the industry:
Landfill Mining: Goldmine or Minefield? - Waste Management World
Closing the Circle: Enhanced Landfill Mining - Waste Management World

Landfill mining - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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