Scope for sustainable soil stabilisation in SIDS: Mauritius case study

Chetan K. Bhuckory*, Slobodan B. Mickovski, Raj K. Dreepaul

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Abstract

Soil stabilisation is crucial to tackle the problem of land disasters, such-as landslide, slope failure, and debris flow among others, which may occur naturally or as a result of human actions. Many people are displaced from their homes and some even lose their life in such disasters. Mauritius has not been spared by these major issues and, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) which is found under the tropics, the island is at a high risk of cyclones and torrential rains which may induce further land disasters. Another problem occurring worldwide is the landfill scarcity to dispose human, commercial, and industrial solid waste. The facilities for recycling municipal solid waste (MSW) in the country are very limited. Chemical stabilisation could potentially help solve both issues by combining binders with waste products to stabilise the soils in landslide-prone areas. The goal of this paper was to investigate the scope for an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable solution to help mitigate the negative geotechnical events which come with climate change and also reducing the environmental problem of disposal and landfill scarcity. It was found that plastic wastes (14% of MSW), textile wastes (6% of MSW) and glass wastes (3% of MSW) in Mauritius were largely unrecycled and could partially be used in soil stabilisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 7th International Conference on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA)
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)9798350333213
ISBN (Print)9798350333220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2023
Event7th International Conference on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications - Bagatelle, Moka, Mauritius
Duration: 14 Dec 202216 Dec 2022
Conference number: 7
https://efeaconf.com/ (Link to conference website)

Publication series

Name
ISSN (Print)2641-5925
ISSN (Electronic)2688-2558

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications
Abbreviated titleEFEA 2022
Country/TerritoryMauritius
CityMoka
Period14/12/2216/12/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • soil stabilisation
  • landfill scarcity
  • municipal solid waste (MSW) management
  • sustainable materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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