Artificial wetland atop Dutch toxic landfill site is now capturing and storing carbon

Posted: 31 May 2017 06:22 AM PDT  full article here at ScienceDaily

Precise carbon measurements indicate that peat is already being formed at the Volgermeerpolder near Amsterdam (NL), a toxic waste landfill site that was capped with foil with an artificial wetland on top. The new peat will offer an extra layer of protection against the poisonous and toxic waste in the future….

….According to the researchers the results are not only applicable to cap polluted land, but also for the capturing and storage of greenhouse gases through new peat formation and preventing subsidence which is not only an issue in bog mires in the Netherlands, but also presents a problem in places such as Venice, Florida, and Southeast Asia.

Sarah F. Harpenslager, Ciska C. Overbeek, Jeroen P. van Zuidam, Jan G.M. Roelofs, Sarian Kosten, Leon P.M. Lamers. Peat capping: Natural capping of wet landfills by peat formation. Ecological Engineering, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.04.040