Leachate Treatment Greenhouse Gas Emission – Why You Should Minimize It

Would it not be handy if you could minimise leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission? Well, in fact you should minimize it. Most nations are in the process of adopting climate change policies, so it will soon become an obligation. Keep reading this article to find out more…

“Although the principle of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions for leachate treatment plants, never forget though that this must never be at the expense of reducing the quality of leachate treatment”.

Would it not be handy if you could minimize leachate treatment greenhouse gas emissions?

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Many have asked themselves that question, have answered yes, and have taken action to do so.

But, relatively few people actually take the time to think it through carefully. Most think that it is a lot harder than it truly is, so they never get started. Others imagine that it will require a lot of work, making them lose interest. Others just consider it too low a priority to be really worth bothering with.

Hang on a moment, now! Are those reasons actually sufficiently good to base a significant decision on? Was any consideration given to the reasons for? Did both the Pro and the Con side get considered? The advantages do not seem to have been fully considered…

Maybe we may want to reconsider that. Maybe we ought to think about say, five reasons why maybe you should minimize leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission and work these into the decision making process.

To start, greenhouse gas emission from aerobic treatment of leachate is inevitable for all aerobic treatment processes.

I hear what you're saying as you point out that such is not the case with anaerobic digestion treatment, so why not use that treatment process instead.

I quickly admit that is a valid point. But we ought to also look at this, one fact, and that is that the leachate in a landfill will normally already have been “treated” anaerobically in-situ within the landfill, before it is pumped out.

That has already taken place through the natural anaerobic (methane producing) reactions in the site. Finally, it's important to consider that further treatment of this type of discharge anaerobically would make little change, and this effluent must therefore be treated by an anaerobic treatment process.

Second, all that can be done is to lessen those emissions, as the “least damaging option” in terms of leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission.

That is true because it has to be accepted that not to treat landfill leachate in order to avoid carbon dioxide emission would cause real damage to the environment around landfill sites.

As one result of all of that, for example, drinking water supplies may become undrinkable.

Leachate treatment greenhouse gas emissions sources illustrated in a diagram by WRAP.
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Third, leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission can be kept as low as possible by choosing an efficient treatment process. Furthermore, the equipment used should be serviced regularly to ensure optimum efficiency is maintained!

Fourth, leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission can be kept as low as possible by close attention. Close attention being to the period when the leachate treatment plant is set to work, is an energy saver/ reduces the power demand. By only operated for as long as needed during each day, in order to treat the leachate, and no more greenhouse emissions are reduced.

And lastly, while there is limited scope for optimising the leachate treatment process for reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Much bigger savings can be made by capturing the landfill gas from the site, and using that to run electrical power generation equipment.

You need to analyse those reasons and mentally evaluate them. All 5 reasons are persuasive points as to the reasons you really should minimise leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission.

Look them over again and consider each of those particular points. Don't you think that perhaps, just maybe, you should minimise leachate treatment greenhouse gas emission ?

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