Landfill leachate is notoriously difficult to treat but with MABR Pre-treatment we offer the most robust biological solution available today at lowest cost of ownership

Origins Of Leachate

Landfill leacahte is generated from liquids existing in the waste as it Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 14.01.39enters a landfill or from rainwater that passes through the waste within the facility. The leachate consists of different organic and inorganic compounds that may be either dissolved or suspended. A critical part of maintaining a landfill is managing leachate.

Degradable Elements Of Leachate

The treatment requirements for leachate from landfills can vary, depending on the discharge requirements, and the contaminants present. Leachate from landfills is typically characterised by high heavy metals, high COD (a significant portion is “Hard COD”, which is not biologically degradable) and very high ammonia.

Conventional Disposal Of Leachate

Discharge options include discharge to a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) by road haulage, or, where no access to sewer is available, discharge to ground water. In either case, OxyMem MABR, can help you either reduce the gate fee for accessing a WWTP, or give you the best pre-treatment platform for a phsio/chemical solution to achieve discharge standards. NF and RO membranes are very sensitive to Ammonia and OxyMem solves this step in the leachate process train.

Biological Pre-Treatment With MABR

OxyMem achieves this with exceptional process resilience in the MABR reactor capable of treating high strength Ammonia (up to 4,000mg NH3-N / litre) and reducing it to levels as low as 1mg per litre.

A Hazardous Wastewater In Need Of Onsite Treatment

Landfill leachate poses an environmental risk to ground and surface water if not properly controlled. The licensing of urban wastewater treatment plants may limit leachate treatment capacity at urban wastewater treatment plants and landfill operators need to be aware of and plan for this. There is a serious effort by the various environmental agencies to highlight the need to consider onsite treatment solutions.