Date of Award

Fall 2008

Project Type


Program or Major

Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


One of the products of Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris recycling is C&D debris fines. C&D debris fines closely resemble soil. They may contain metal scraps, gypsum drywall, wood, soil, shingles, and concrete. Landfills have utilized C&D debris fines as alternative daily cover and/or shaping and grading material. The use of C&D debris fines has been linked to diffuse hydrogen sulfide emissions at landfills. Hydrogen sulfide emissions are not only a nuisance, but may pose a health hazard to landfill workers. This research investigates how recycled materials may be used to attenuate hydrogen sulfide emissions resulting from the use of C&D debris fines. Compounds indentified within the recycled/industrial materials evaluated most likely responsible for hydrogen sulfide attenuation are metal oxides and inorganic carbon. Materials were evaluated in-situ and ex-situ.