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Toxic Leachate from Landfills is Harming the Environment

By April 13, 2020 No Comments

Whenever it rains or snows, the water runs through landfills creating a liquid pollution called leachate. Leachate contains all kinds of harmful chemicals, which are known to cause environmental issues as well as serious harm to human health. Some of the most harmful chemicals are called polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS. This chemical is especially dangerous because it never fully breaks down in the flood or in the environment.

Once this harmful substance gets to the wastewater treatment facilities, it is subject to the same treatment as normal sewage and released back into our waters. The scary part is that many of these wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to treat harmful PFAS. This means that the harmful sludge that is leftover after the treatment is still dangerous to people and the environment. In fact, if this sludge gets put back into the environment, it can impact the food that is grown in its presence.

If this information scares you as much as it scares us, don’t worry! We have come up with a filtration solution that can help landfills or wastewater treatment facilities to filter out these harmful chemicals so that we can dispose of them the right way and keep them out of our environment and our bodies. Check out our solutions on our Landfills page or contact us at info@digestedorganics.com for more information!

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