The client is part of a group operating at an International level in many sectors and is highly experienced in many aspects of environmental services. The company provides the Region with many different services including street cleaning, waste collection and transport, graveyard services, public gardens maintenance, building and management of waste disposal plants, ecological stations and phytodepuration plants. The landfill in question covers a surface of 40,000 m2 and receives about 113 tons/day of waste, producing 50 m3/day of leachate.
The client’s main needs, which are typical of all companies operating in this sector, was reduction in the volume of leachate to be disposed of, whilst ensuring that any streams produced can be discharged from site in accordance with environmental obligation.
The solution provided
A landfill leachate treatment plant with a capacity of 55,000 l/day was installed. This plant allows a reduction of 98% of the total volume to be disposed of, with the consequent dramatic reduction of the relevant costs and fully complaying with local environmental legislation.
pH adjustment with hydrochloric acid: in this phase, the ammonium salification occurs owing to the reduction of scaling phenomena.
Degassing: degassing of leachate to reduce formation of foam within the evaporator.
Evaled RV TC 60000: First Phase Concentration – the pre-treated leachate flows into the vacuum heat pump evaporator, with mechanical vapour recompression and forced circulation, producing a concentrate and distillate.
Evaled AC RW 3000: Second Phase Concentration – the concentrate from the first phase is further concentrated via a hot/cold water evaporator with natural circulation and heat exchanger with scraped heating surfaces. This second phase of concentration further reduces disposal costs.The obtained substance is a semi-solid residue disposable within the same landfill, fully complying with the current local environmental regulations.
Reverse osmosis: the distillate coming from the first phase and second phase evaporators goes through a membrane polishing step, follwed by treatment through an ion exchange unit and activated carbon to ensure discharge standards are met.