Reverse osmosis offers treatment for landfill leachate

Up to 99% of contaminants in landfill leachate can be removed with a reverse osmosis treatment system now being introduced in the UK. The technology could offer an alternative to the widespread practice of tankering leachate to off-site treatment works for disposal.

The technology was developed in Germany, where it is already in use on several sites. It is available in the UK through RO Environmental, wholly owned by Charterhouse Venture Funds. Charterhouse sees long-term management of landfill leachate as a developing market as the new waste licensing regime comes into effect, though the technology also has potential for the treatment of industrial effluents.

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