Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) have been used in landfill applications throughout the world for over 50 years. GCL is a highly effective waste containment barrier that reduces leakage from waste containment structures and water infiltration through landfill caps.
GCL Landfill Liner Applications
A Geosynthetic Clay Liner is generally installed as the bottom layer of a landfill lining system. It replaces compacted clay material which may not be available or present in the constructed landfill. The GCL acts as a primary seal to achieve ultimate protection for the HDPE liner which sits on top of it.
Landfill liners are made from high-swelling natural sodium bentonite clay and a non woven geotextile, needle punched to a woven geotextile. GCLs have an unmatched sealing capability. When hydrated, sodium bentonite clay swells to form a waterproof barrier that other liquids cannot pass through. Because bentonite clay liners for waste containment cells are manufactured under quality controlled conditions, they perform better, are more economical and more durable than traditional clay. Unlike other geomembranes, bentonite clay self-heals around holes, punctures or protrusions, such as gas pipes, to reduce leaking caused by installation damage.
GCL Landfill Caps
When full, landfill cells are covered to eliminate odour and to prevent rainfall causing leachate to enter the groundwater. Bentonite clay liners provide the flexibility needed to accommodate the movement in waste material as it decomposes. Geosynthetic clay landfill liners are suitable for flat, sloped, or curved soil sites and landfill caps. Usually a layer of soil is placed over the liner and grass established to control soil erosion.
Geosynthetics Australia can also save you time and money by manufacturing geosynthetic clay liners to project specific requirements. Geosynthetic bentonite clay liners with a PE membrane bonded to them and GCLs made from saline resistant polymer modified bentonite are also available.