Erosion protection of landfill slopes

Nature provides an excellent solution to protect soil on landfill slopes against erosion. That solution is vegetation. However, if erosive forces are too great or vegetation requires time to develop, nature needs a helping hand. On newly established sloping landfill covers, runoff and soil loss caused by rainwater are particularly problematic, and that is where EnkaMat erosion control mats come in. Over the past decades, millions of square meters of EnkaMat have been installed to provide immediate and permanent erosion protection on dry slopes and to promote the establishment of vegetation.

This is EnkaMat

EnkaMat is a range of three-dimensional erosion-protection mats made of durable polyamide monofilaments which are thermally fused together where they cross. These filaments thus create an artificial ‘root structure’ with over 90 % of void space. To comply with specific conditions of landfill slopes, different EnkaMat product variants are available with thicknesses of up to 20 millimeters.

Examples of parameters to be considered when selecting the right product from the wide EnkaMat portfolio include: expected rainfall intensity and duration, inherent erodibility, slope length and gradient. For fast installation, the erosion-protection mat can be delivered up to 3,85 meters wide.

How EnkaMat is used for landfill erosion protection

The objective of EnkaMat erosion-protection mats is twofold: immediately after installation they protect the surface of the bare soil against erosion by wind and rainwater. In this way, EnkaMat encourages the development of vegetation under circumstances where this is normally difficult or even impossible. The second objective of EnkaMat erosion-protection mats is to permanently reinforce vegetation on landfill slopes. Seeded, filled with topsoil or mulched, EnkaMat keeps fertile soil in place and enables root systems to gain a secure hold. Its open structure promotes swift vegetation growth. When secured with extra pegs, the erosion-control mat may often even remain unfilled. EnkaMat is secured in trenches at the toe and shoulder of the slope. To ensure intimate contact with the underlying soil, the mat is pinned at regular intervals. Maintenance is not required. As EnkaMat is made of high-quality polyamide, it maintains its protective function over a long period of time.

What makes EnkaMat the ideal erosion protection?


  • Over 90 % of void space
  • Up to 20 mm thick, up to 3,85 m wide
  • Artificial ‘root structure’ of up to 2,980 lm/m2
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • UV resistant
  • Highly durable


  • Provides immediate and permanent erosion control
  • Easy to handle and install
  • Facilitates rapid installation
  • Conforms easily even to complex soil profiles
  • Permits hand seeding, planting or hydroseeding
  • Supports fast vegetation growth
  • Maintenance-free
  • Blends discreetly into the landscape
Select region
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe, Middle East & Africa
Document types
  • Installation Manual
  • Product brochure
  • Solutions brochure
  • Landfills
    Solutions Overview
    PDF 5mb
  • EnkaMat High Performance Erosion Control Mats
    Product overview
    PDF 3mb
  • EnkaMat Erosion Control Mat Installation Manual
    Official Installation guidelines from the manufacturer
    PDF 2mb
Where to buy EnkaMat erosion control mats?
Sales office
No.9 Xingtang West Road, Chunjiang Zhen, New District 213034 Changzhou, China
Sales office
Pacific Tower
11-13 Cours Valmy
92977 Paris La Défense Cedex, France
Sales office
Puskás Tivadar u. 5
Sales office & Manufacturing
63784 Obernburg,
Sales, Manufacturing EnkaGrid & R&D
Westervoortsedijk 73,
6827 AV Arnhem,
The Netherlands
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