Invited Session: Closing Dumpsites
Dump Site Fires: A Growing Problem in the Developing World
Monday, September 25, 2017
14:00 – 14:30
Almost every day a major landfill fire erupts at a dump site somewhere in the developing world, spewing clouds of toxic smoke, blanketing surrounding communities and causing medical distress to residents that live down wind of the facilities. Deonar and Ghazipur in India, Cerro Patacon in Panama, and New Providence in the Bahamas are just a few of the landfills that have experienced catastrophic fires in the past few years. The societal and environmental costs of these fires continue to mount. This presentation explores the root causes of the fires, how they are extinguished and suggests several practical solutions that could be adopted to prevent the crises.