Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
Redevelopment of former landfills offers an opportunity to focus on the ‘triple bottom line’, integrating environmental, economic and social benefits and thus contributing to global sustainable development. SufalNet’s good practice on redevelopments aims to build on the results of the work undertaken during examination and aftercare of the site, linked by the risk management process. It allows decision-makers to improve the feasibility of redevelopment and to support a successful outcome.
Its specific aims include: • improving general and specific knowledge about landfill redevelopment; • improving communication among the stakeholders involved; • helping developers to assess the benefits in and costs of redevelopment; • prioritizing problems and thus supporting improved decision making; • supporting decisions in the allocation of funds; and • developing the scope for redevelopment.
Sustainable redevelopment of landfills is driven by factors such as the demand for developable space, the desire for beneficial reuse of degraded land and the need to manage contamination risks associated with landfills. Without public acceptance, any landfill redevelopment project is at risk. An integrated community communications plan that addresses the technical, environmental, economic, and social aspects should be an integral part of any landfill redevelopment programme.
Project feasibility is assessed in terms of three factors: 1. The acceptability of environmental risk, because safety is crucial for any redevelopment proposal. 2. Community acceptance, because without
public acceptance there will be insufficient support for a sustainable project. 3. The acceptability of financial risk, because redevelopment costs are often high.
Evidence of success
Because landfill sites occupy a considerable amount of space in all EU-Member States closed landfill sites should be re-used for recreation, as parcs or nature reserve, for companies or offices, business and even for housing. They can provide new facilities for local communities. SufalNet has resulted in a Model Strategy for redeveloping closed landfill sites including examination and aftercare strategies for protection of the environment. The redevelopment strategy is applied for real sites such as Giant's Parc in Belfast (UK), Tuskesret in Pecs (HU), Schelde Veste in Bergen op Zoom and reinaldo Parc in Haarlem (NL), Am Froschgraben in Ludwigsburg (DE), Kaminada in Lavrio (GR), Cannetiello in Cava di Tirreni (IT), Granowo in Wielkopolska (PL), Zavoaie in Bistrita (RO), Myslava in Kosice (SK), Vinuela and Ronda in Malaga ES) and Plasencia in Extremadura (ES).
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Province of Noord-Brabant
Annex completed on: 07-28-2011