The passing of the “General Administrative Regulations on Minimum Requirements for the Discharge of Sewage to Waters”, and particularly Annex 51, has far-reaching implications for landfill leachate treatment. The administrative regulations prescribe limits which entail treatment according to good engineering practice and state-of-the-art technology.

The paper describes leachates from different types of landfill, discusses state-of-the-art leachate treatment technology and presents some recent developments.

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