This manual is intended to assist federal, state, and local regulatory and planning agencies, the mining industry, and consulting engineers in determining the regulatory, environmental, technical, and economic constraints influencing the site selection, planning, construction-operation, and reclamation phases of a waste disposal facility. The manual discusses methods for making future land use decisions; determining regulatory requirements; evaluating physical, chemical, and structural properties of the disposed waste; and selecting appropriate waste disposal methods and control techniques. Procedures and guides in the manual will assist in assessing the complexities of waste disposal on a site-specific basis. The major types of waste disposal systems are discussed and evaluated in terms of advantages and disadvantages and applicability to varying site conditions and waste characteristics. Appropriate references following each chapter provide more detailed data on material presented in the text.