Hazardous liquid waste such as that produced at mining sites or laboratories can be very harmful. Disposing of this waste requires careful handling and expert knowledge of the appropriate methods of disposal.
The standard way of handling liquid waste has been via the use of prohibitive vacuum trucks to arrest the liquid waste and then transport it to a transfer station where it is segregated and sorted to meet the requirements of a landfill. This method of handling liquid waste can increase waste volume by as much as 300%. Add to this the high transportation costs (financial and environmental costs), and you can see it’s not an efficient or cost-effective process.
One of the best liquid waste disposal methods is to solidify it using reagents.
Below are 10 benefits of using reagents in the disposal of liquids:
1. Reagents dramatically reduce waste volumes by as much as 20%.
Once the waste has been solidified, the reduced volumes are easy to safely dispose of. This is important because, in its liquid state, hazardous biological waste can be very dangerous. It’s also difficult to contain liquid waste, especially in case an accident happens and the waste flows out. However, when such waste is in a solid state, it can be easily quarantined and disposed of using appropriate waste disposal methods.
2. Solidified non-hazardous liquid waste using reagents is landfill-friendly.
Once the liquid waste has been solidified using various types of reagents, it’s now easy to stack the solid waste, which can safely be processed at a landfill.
3. Solidified liquid waste has very low humidity.
In its liquid form, solid waste has very high humidity. It is also amenable to assimilation into the atmosphere should it be subjected to heat. However, when such waste is in a solid state, there is no risk that waste could be assimilated into the atmosphere through evaporation.
4. Transporting solid waste is less risky.
Transporting liquid hazardous waste can be dangerous. If there is an accident and the liquid waste spills out, the damage to the environment and risk to humans may be enormous.
5. Solidified waste is easier to manage than liquid waste.
By using reagents to solidify waste, the resulting volumes are small and easy to dispose of at a landfill.
6. It enables the quick solidifying of liquid waste.
Solidifying liquid waste using reagents is very fast, sometimes taking just a few minutes. The quick transformation from liquid to solid is extremely important, especially when it comes to hazardous liquid waste. Other conventional methods of solidifying liquid waste have been known to take days to complete.
7. It’s very cost-effective.
Using reagents to solidify waste is one of the most affordable methods of liquid waste treatment. The savings in terms of man hours and costs could be applied to areas that require more attention.
8. It reduces negative environmental impacts.
Using reagents to solidify liquid waste ensures that the environment is not adversely affected. The quick solidification of liquid waste ensures that such waste has little or no chance of permeating into the environment.
9. On-site safety is enhanced.
When reagents are used to treat liquid waste, especially hazardous waste, safety is enhanced.
10. Many types of waste can be treated.
Different reagent blends exist in the market for addressing different types of liquid waste, from non-hazardous to hazardous waste.
Treating liquid waste is a critical component of waste management. Towards this end, reagent blends provide an appropriate avenue for converting liquid waste into solid waste. This further enhances eco-balance as hazardous materials are arrested on time before they infiltrate our environment.
At the end of the day, living in a clean, safe and eco-balanced environment translates into a higher quality of life. Reagent mixes can go a long way in ensuring that all liquid waste is conveniently treated via solidification.