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Building a golf course, hotel or other project on a landfill presents unique challenges for the new property. But conversely, the reuse can pose conundrums for landfills, even once they are no longer accepting trash.
Methane is still generated for decades, but now gas collection systems have to operate completely underground. New structures might sit on top of, or near trash, and depending, there may be heavy, continual foot traffic–affecting settlement and other processes.
So, what does this mean for landfill owners once these sites take on a new life? It depends on whether they sell or lease the property, among considerations.