The impact of degradation on MSW shear strength

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Multiple lines of evidence are used to draw conclusions concerning the shear strength of degraded municipal solid waste (MSW). Interpretation of the accumulated evidence leads to the conclusion that for conventional "dry" landfills the shear strength envelopes commonly used in practice provide reasonable strength values for circular and non-horizontal failure surfaces even for old landfills where the waste may be in a relatively advanced state of degradation. However, for horizontal failure surfaces in conventional landfills that may not engage the fibrous waste components, for landfills where mechanical pre-processing has been used to reduce waste constituent size and facilitate degradation, and for bioreactor landfills, a strength envelope characterized by zero cohesion and an effective friction angle of 30 degrees appears to provide a conservative representation of degraded MSW shear strength. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sessions of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation, GSP 177
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventGeoCongress 2008: Geotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoCongress 2008: Geotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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