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Too many municipalities are burying themselves in hazardous waste. Although society has become generally aware of the problem over the past 30 years, most municipalities lack the expertise and the resources needed to properly manage hazardous waste so that dangerous heavy metals and other contaminants don't leach into the ecosystem.
Municipal Challenges with Hazardous Waste
Performing hazardous waste disposal services properly and safely is no easy task. In the 1970s and 1980s, a growing focus on the environment and improving environmental laws in Canada and the United States spurred the creation of many treatment and disposal options for hazardous waste. But most municipalities simply don't have the expertise, time or resources to keep up with these disposal techniques.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Solutions

SUEZ views the environment, health and safety as a top priority. Through our more than 40 municipal hazardous waste management facilities operated worldwide, we have developed a complete specialized process line to safely treat and dispose of hazardous waste.

 

 Reception: Waste arrives by means of trailer trucks. Verifications, labeling and regulatory paperwork ensure tracking of the disposal process.
• Inspection and Pre-Treatment: The waste is inspected, analyzed in laboratory and/or pre-treated (shredded, mixed, resized) before going through the main processes.
• Incineration: Organic wastes are destroyed in the incinerator at temperatures above 1922°F. This achieves a Destructive Removal Efficiency of at least 99.9999% of hazardous organic compounds.
• Neutralization: Inorganic liquids are chemically and physically rendered non-hazardous in the “Phys-Chem” process, utilizing a combination of acid/base and redox properties.
• Stabilization: Fly ash is mixed with cement, which constitutes one of the many barriers against leaching of trace amounts of heavy metals.
• Post-Treatment: Flue gas scrubbing removes acids and particulates while effluents are cleaned using wastewater treatment techniques.
• Landfill: Stabilized material is disposed in the on-site Class 1 landfill. Cells are secured with clay, geomembrane and are re-vegetated.
• Deep Well: Treated liquid effluents are injected into a deep well roughly 6,000 feet below the surface into a stable geological formation.
• Environmental Monitoring: Any potential impact of the hazardous waste treatment activities on the environment is closely monitored. Surrounding wildlife, air emissions, surface and ground waters, landfill and deep well integrities are constantly studied in order to verify that the prime goal of the facility is achieved: protect the environment.


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