Estimation of Landfill Methane Generation from Solid Waste Management Options in the Galapagos Islands

  • Rodny Peñafiel
  • Lucila Pesántez
  • Valeria Ochoa-Herrera
Part of the Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands book series (SESGI)


The significant increase in population in the Galapagos Islands has resulted in a commensurate increase in solid waste generation. Different waste management options generate different amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG). Land filling is the most common final disposal method for solid waste. However, depending on the content of the waste materials, this method produces varying amounts of GHG. Waste recycling can reduce land filling and organic waste can be composted for local reuse. Two options for waste and methane management are examined for Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela Islands based on available data. Results suggest energy generation from methane is not viable due to small volumes and technology restrictions over a fifteen year time period. However, the potential for reuse of composted organic material shows promise.


Galapagos Islands Waste management Greenhouse gases (GHG) Landfill gas Methane Global warming potential (GWP) Recycling Composting Scenarios evaluation 



This work has been developed with the support of the University of Calgary and the Galapagos Institute of Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the framework of the “World Energy Summit in the Galapagos, Ecuador, July 20–24, 2014.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodny Peñafiel
    • 1
  • Lucila Pesántez
    • 1
  • Valeria Ochoa-Herrera
    • 1
  1. 1.Colegio de Ciencias e Ingenierías, Universidad San Francisco de QuitoQuitoEcuador

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