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A proposal to regenerate the world's largest landfill site, outside New York, into a natural habitat with methane powered 'ecospheres' has made a final shortlist of three.

The scheme from UK consultant Arup and architect John McAslan & Partners was chosen from a list of around 200 proposals to redevelop Staten Island's 880ha Fresh Kills landfill.

Under the proposal the landfill will be capped with 2.5M. m 3of soil and regenerated into a huge wetland and wooded habitat with ecospheres representing tropical, arctic and temperate climates. 'Soil production, natural vegetation nurseries and methane energy generation schemes do not just solve problems on the island, but will turn into revenue streams, ' said Arup.

The UK scheme is up against another proposal to create a natural habitat from US consortium Field Operators and a scheme to build a recycling centre from Rios Associates.

Final submissions to the City of New York department of city planning are due this month.

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