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  • Writer's pictureRyan March

How Does One Choose What Technology is Right for PFAS for Your Landfill?

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

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When it comes to dealing with PFAS contamination, it's crucial to choose the right technology for your landfill operations. As you evaluate your options, keep in mind the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are most important to your asset. A self-assessment can be a helpful way to identify your priorities and determine which factors will drive your decision-making.

When evaluating PFAS technologies, there are many factors to consider. One technology that stands out as a best choice with KPI's considered for solid waste is foam fractionation. Here are some important questions to ask when considering foam fractionation:

  • What is causing your organization to make a change? Are you looking to reduce costs, labor, or getting compliant? Are you committed to sustainability initiatives?

  • Will it integrate well with your pre-treatment system? Are you installing a new system or replacing an existing one? What infrastructure will be required?

  • Can your existing systems be retrofitted to accommodate foam fractionation technology?

  • What are your PFAS concerns? Do you know the extent of the contamination? What are the current levels, and what level is acceptable? Is this based on municipal or federal permit levels?

  • Does your process require a PFAS technology with a continuous process/flow vs. a batch process?

If your operation is tested and high levels of PFAS are found, you need to know the options available to you to effectively deal with it. A balanced attack should be the goal, and foam fractionation technology can help you achieve that. With foam fractionation, you can remove and PFAS to non detect levels and not obliterate the budget. Can you even increase revenue by allowing your site to receive higher volumes or higher levels of contamination in intake waste streams?

When it comes to regulatory considerations, the EPA is likely to mandate strict reporting to reduce pollution risk going forward. Your PFAS technology provider should be able to assist and make recommendations on a sensing, testing, or reporting system.

Looking to the future, it's important to proactively plan to mitigate PFAS. With increasing state and federal regulations, there could be extensive risk, unforeseen costs, and other detrimental implications. Landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and incinerators may not be able to accept PFAS streams. With foam fractionation technology, you can manage PFAS and avoid disposal costs that are anticipated to triple in the coming months.

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Investing in foam fractionation technology now will help you take control of and successfully manage your PFAS problem long term. Consider your business uptime and when and how often a PFAS system needs to be running. Foam fractionation technology can be designed to run 24/7, 365 days a year, and can handle larger concentrations of PFAS during certain times of the year. Don't let PFAS contamination become a burden on your business – choose foam fractionation technology for effective and sustainable results.

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