Leachate : a chemical soup

Leachate : a chemical soup

Leachate is a chemical soup and a threat not only for environment, but also for human beings.

There is one commodity which is essential to the very existence of life on earth.

Every ecosystem depends on it, from the boreal tundra in Alaska to the great Amazon rainforest. It’s in the air you breathe and in your body; it transports soil nutrients to river deltas and all the way out into the oceans. Water is the lifeblood of our planet and everything depend on its slow but never-ending journey across the world. All that is around us, even the very ground upon which we tread is washed clean by rainfall and swept away. It seeps through the uppermost soil-layers and eventually ends up in the massive groundwater reserves bellow.

Unfortunately, due to the very nature of water itself – other, more harmful particles such as chemical compounds and industrial waste from mines and landfills may also be dissolved or suspended. And the industrialized world we live in provides ample opportunities for pollution to occur.

Guidelines exist of course, for proper disposal of old electronics, PCB-coated hulls and truckloads of plastics. But regulations barely manage to supervise the official market -and large areas of the world remain unseen by those who wish for legislation. Predominantly developing countries are burdened by the enormous amount of toxic waste produced in the developed world -countries badly equipped for the job.

Leachate is a term mostly unknown to the lay-man, but widely used in the environmental sciences and waste-management. It describes the phenomena of water pollution, often in conjuncture with landfills or mining operations. Depending on the type of landfill, anything from fecal matter to heavy metals and inorganic compounds such as: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, ammonium, iron and sulphate can leach out into nearby ground-water supplies. Municipal “solid waste” landfills typically generates a “chemical soup” so concentrated that even small amounts may be cause for concern if exposed to water.

Even with the existing regulations accidents occur -such as the one in East Taphouse, Connonbridge landfill two years ago. An unknown amount of liquid poured out into nearby streams and algae in the water turned bright orange as a result. The site had been in use since 1969 (44 years) with a 22-year extension coming up. Most likely the lowest layer of liner (usually a layer of clay) meant to prevent leachate from leaving the landfill was falling apart from neglect.

Our fresh-water reserves are not infinite and climate change-related droughts are steadily diminishing what we have. Taking care of our water-supplies must be a top-priority, especially in areas of industrial activity such as mining or garbage-disposal. But the responsibility for a better tomorrow lies within the consumer-sphere as well. We can no longer ignore easy-to-do tasks such as sorting waste before disposal and recycling garbage in a responsible manner.

 

Mark Giannelli, October 2015

Rebin Do More Than Waste ©

 

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International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Econony

ReBin at the International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy

ReBin at the International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy

We are happy and proud to have been invited by Green Cross during the International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy. Dr. Somthai Wongcharoen, Founder of Wongpanit Group of Companies, will address a very inspiring keynote speech on Day 2 between 9:30am and 12:00pm (Wednesday October 7th).

This will take place in Geneva on 6th and 7th October 2015. The agenda and the online registration are available from now by clicking on the following link :

http://www.gcint.org/conference-registration/2015-conference-agenda/

http://www.gcint.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Agenda-EN.pdf

We hope to see you there and to share with you on our ReBin agenda.

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Lake Expo 2015

Lake Expo 2015, Geneva

Lake Expo 2015, Geneva

As part of our sustainable development project and in association with Green Cross International, we are pleased to invite you to the launch of the ” Lake Expo” in Geneva.

We have exposed three panels that explains our ideas and the concept behind our future projects.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 5th, from 3pm. The tent will be located in front of the Palais Wilson (chair of Human Rights), near the lake.

The exhibition theme for 2015 is The Future We Want. We will be delighted to present our project and the exhibition panels that will be displayed throughout the month of September 2015.

By Mark Giannelli, October 2015

ReBin Do More Than Waste®

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