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Landfill Engineering

RPS is a leader in landfill development and management in Ireland.

We have acted as consultants on the development and restoration of over 50 landfills and are responsible for the engineering of key regional facilities throughout the country. We are continually challenging our own design philosophies to ensure the most environmental, practical, safe and financially viable design solution is reached for the client.

We provide a full range of services on all aspects of landfill development and management from initial siting, strategic development planning, design, procurement and supervision of cell development, capping solutions, compliance with licensing conditions, leachate collection and treatment systems, gas collection systems, surface water management and electronic monitoring and control systems.

We have an in-house dedicated project management team who assist the design team on procurement strategies and ensures that projects are procured in compliance with procurement rules and the client’s requirements. Our construction management and site supervision teams ensure that the projects are delivered to the client’s satisfaction.

Case Studies

Kinsale Road Landfill – Final Capping

Dublin Waste to Energy Kinsale Road Landfill – Final Capping

Cork City Council

RPS has completed the final landfill capping at the former Kinsale Road Landfill site, facilitating its transformation into an attractive and safe public amenity.

Appointed by Cork City Council in 2012, our services included:

Detailed design of landfill capping works, leachate and landfill gas infrastructure

Surface water system design

Design of internal access roads, pavilion building, parking, playing field and landscaped areas

Contract and construction administration

The project involved innovative reuse of construction and demolition waste, as park benches were formed from gabion cages filled with crushed concrete, recycled from demolished grain silos in the Cork City docklands. Key project elements include BMX tracks, multi-use events space, sports pitch and pavilion building.

Mullaghglass Landfill

Mullaghglass Landfill Development

Alpha Resource Management

Services included an EIA, PPC permit, design and construction of cell development, leachate treatment and landfill gas management.

RPS was appointed to prepare outline designs, produce an Environmental Impact Assessment and submit a planning application for the development of a new landfill site on the outskirts of Belfast.

Following receipt of planning permission RPS submitted a PPC permit application and undertook detailed design for the entire site. The initial contract involved substantial site earthworks, cell lining, landfill gas and leachate drainage systems, a leachate treatment works, site offices and access roads. Subsequently several contracts have been let and supervised under the management of RPS for the development of various cells.

RPS continue to provide support on relation to the ongoing development of the site and recently have been requested to design and supervise construction of a vertical / near vertical lining system.

Whinnyhall Landfill

Whinnyhall Landfill Scotland

Rio Tinto

RPS has provided design and procurement services to Rio Tinto for the restoration and aftercare of Whinnyhall Landfilll at Burntisland north of Edinburgh.

The landfill was used for the disposal of red mud (bauxite residue), a residue from the nearby alumina processing plant in Burntisland until its closure in 2002. It was operated under a Waste Licence from SEPA but has now been restored having regard to the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive and all EU and national legislation. The landfill is located in a previously worked out oil shale mining area and the groundwater/leachate regime and stability of the site are affected by its mining history.

RPS carried out extensive investigations at the site to assess the stability of the landfill. A design for the restoration of the landfill was completed and a construction contract procured. The design incorporated capping, leachate collection and treatment, surface water collection and diversion from the waste body, and slope stability solutions. Restoration works are now complete with leachate being treated on site at a treatment plant being managed by RPS. Various end use options are also being developed for the site including the installation of wind turbines to offset future operational costs.