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Westmill Landfill, United Kingdom

Westmill Landfill, United Kingdom

Case Study Description

The Westmill Landfill site is located to the north west of Ware, Hertfordshire, UK and is operated by Biffa Waste Services Ltd. The landfill site located in a working sand and gravel pit and receives municipal waste from the south east region of the UK. This is mainly waste from households and businesses, together with some construction industry waste. The 38ha site is located on a chalk aquifer and so environmental considerations are of the utmost importance. Biffa chose Dense Asphaltic Concrete (DAC) as the  lining system for the site as it is the most robust and reliable system available. WALO’s Dense Asphaltic Concrete (DAC) is impermeable to Ieachate and methane so ideal for complete containment of all materials that need to be impounded, such as landfill waste. Since 2003, WALO has constructed 11 cells on the site using DAC with an overall capacity of around 2.5 million cubic meters.


The largest and 11th cell was constructed during the summer of 2014. This cell, which was lined with over 13.000 tonnes of asphalt, consists of a basal surface area of 18,400 sq. m. with slopes of 9300 sq. m. The longest slope length lined measures 60 m with an incline of 1:2. WALO UK also constructed intercell bunds into adjacent existing asphalt lined cells. These bunds measure two meters high and cover an area of 3,600 sq.m., again with a slope incline of 1:2.


The lining system itself was formulated in WALO’s Zurich laboratory to a design mix specific to this project. It comprised a 300mm mineral attenuation layer, a 200mm sub-base material layer, a 60mm asphaltic binder layer, a 80mm DAC layer and a mastic seal coat to the base, side slopes and bund areas. The asphalt was placed by hand on the intercell bonds and by paver and winch on the base and slopes. Once the lining works were completed, a Ieachate collection and removal system was installed. The project was scheduled to be completed within a ten week period, but was actually completed in just seven weeks.

Special Features

Read more on the Westmill Lining Project on the Envirotec Magazine article.

Case Study Info

2003 – 2017


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