The majority of things that will be worth doing are worth doing right. Seeking to succeed with leachate treatment and disposal is not an exception. Being well advised and working with a good plan can be important elements in your chances for achievement or failure. If you don't do it right, the consequences are usually disastrous. You can wind up causing pollution and facing prosecution from the local environmental protection agency, and in some cases large fines are meted out.
Listed here are 3 of the most effective strategies to get around failure and succeed:
1. First, plan ahead for the times when you landfill will produce leachate.
You need to ensure that you have suitable measures in-hand BEFORE the leachate starts to collect and need leachate treatment and disposal as it aids in averting the problem that is a reality for so many people running landfill sites, and that is when the leachate starts to build-up it is then very often too late to start at that time with installing the necessary leachate treatment and disposal facilities. Neglecting to have this done may mean that at the very least very expensive tankerage removal by road will be necessary. However, for many landfill operators even high rate tankerage removal has failed to remove the leachate fast enough to avert pollution, if there has been no forward planning for leachate treatment and disposal. So do not make the mistake of ignoring this crucial step!
2. The second is, operate the landfill to mimimize leachate production
Of nearly a matching importance as planning ahead for the times when you landfill will produce leachate while struggling with leachate treatment and disposal will probably be made much more difficult to operate the landfill to mimimize leachate production, if the volume is large.
Always, prevent run-in of surface water onto the site during heavy rain, keep landfill cell base areas as small as possible, and cover the waste and cap it off as soon as possible, to keep leachate volume as low as possible. I am here to inform you, you won't want to overlook this.
It can help to make the difference between a leachate treatment and disposal crisis, or a manageable leachate volume , and everyone involved in leachate treatment and disposal wants that.
Thirdly, ensure that the leachate leachate treatment and disposal method used is reliable to avoid non-compliance when the treated leachate effluent from the treatment plant becomes unsuitable for disposal, so obtain the best advice and only use tried and tested leachate treatment processes.
3. Adapt and Develop Leachate Strategy as the Landfill Site Grows
Finally, when struggling with leachate treatment and disposal you want to be sure and not take your eye off the ball as the landfill site grows. Always regularly monitor leachate quality in and out of the leachate treatment plant on site to ensure that changing raw leachate quality does not take it out of the range of leachate qualities for which the treatment plant was designed, and result in discharge consent failures.
To do so can help you with running a well organised and “good neighbour” landfill for the benefit of the community, an important part of that is avoiding polluting the local environment.
Should you not, it's possible you'll not only get prosecuted for polluting local streams or groundwater, but not obtain permission from the local community to continue by extending the landfill at a later date — and I believe we could agree this wouldn't be the best thing!
As stated above, if you would like to have success at leachate treatment and disposal, make sure you steer clear of the types of blunders that may cause you to end up causing pollution and facing prosecution from the local environmental protection agency, and even avoid the large fines which are occasionally meted out for such incidents.
What you want is at all times to be able to manage leachate treatment and disposal to comply with the environmental regulations which apply, and you can reach that goal by paying attention to the tips above.