PFAS Seminar: Conventional Approaches to Leachate Treatment 101
Kansas City Convention Center - Room 2102 AB
Landfill leachate is a dilute aqueous solution that contains a wide range of contaminants, most at relatively low concentrations compared to other industrial wastewaters. Leachate contains disproportionately large concentrations of “conventional” organic compounds that exceed concentrations of the respective compounds in sanitary wastewater and wastewaters from food-processing industries. Leachate disposal to Publicly-owned Treatment Works (POTW) is a balancing act, juggling various surcharges and pre-treatment requirements. As landfills are predominantly in the periphery, receiving POTWs tend to be smaller, employ less resilient treatment processes, and are thus more suspect about accepting leachate. In this session, the audience will collaborate to identify challenges, treatment options, and strategies for successful collaboration with receiving POTWs to preemptively identify and address concerns and issues associated with “conventional” leachate constituents. The session format will encourage audience members to participate by contributing from their experience and expertise to facilitate information sharing and transfer to benefit practitioners at all career levels.