Assessment and prediction of settlements in Minas do Leão and São Leopoldo Landfills, Rio Grande do Sul State

ABSTRACT Landfills are considered one of the best solutions for the disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) in developing countries. However, one problem is the high values of vertical displacements (settlements), because the residues are very compressible and undergo degradation with time and consequently may cause damage to structural systems landfill. Theobjective is to evaluate the settlements of two landfills checking the efficiency of some settlements prediction models. The evaluation was performed in Minas do Leão and São Leopoldo Landfills, comparing the measured settlements with the predicted and adjusting the models used based on historical data. From the analyzes, we found that the four analyzed models showed good adhesion between the measured and predicted values.