Effectiveness of peatland in removing contaminants from landfill leachate

A. Rahman, S. Regan, A. Bouazza

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Peat possesses several characteristics that make it an effective medium for the removal of a wide variety of contaminants from wastewater. This paper presents an observational study to assess the effectiveness of peatland in removing contaminants from landfill leachate. A landfill situated in a peatland in County Galway, Ireland was selected for the study. The hydro-geological and water quality data were gathered at the landfill site for the assessment. It was found that the landfill leachate was highly polluted in the immediate vicinity of the landfill, but a short distance away from the landfill, the leachate had no significant contamination. The study shows the potential of using peat as an effective medium to remove contaminants from landfill leachate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Environmental Engineering Division
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002


  • Contaminants
  • Landfill
  • Leachate
  • Peatland

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