MARCH 2008

Bioreactor landfill technology offers cost-effective solutions

Viridis Waste Control, LLC, announced that an application for the proprietary bioreactor process was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark office.

The patented technology provides advances and enhancements in the reduction of greenhouse gasses, delivers substantially greater air and water pollution reduction, and increased methane production and recovery from landfills. Additionally, the Viridis patented technology enables more useable capacity in landfills for solid waste disposal.

The Viridis Septage Bioreactor Landfill™ technology combines the waste pumped from septic systems with garbage in solid waste landfills. Doing so greatly accelerates the process of garbage decomposition and biodegradation, extending the life of typical landfills by years. But, the benefits to the environment go much further, including:

  • Cleaner water, by reducing and hopefully eliminating the practice of spreading septic waste on fields, which often contaminates surface water, lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater recharge zones with dangerous contaminants and pathogenic biological agents commonly found in septic tank waste.
  • Safer food supply, by halting the land application and spraying of septic waste for disposal onto farm fields, a major source of bacteriological contamination of crops and livestock.
  • One of the primary pathways by which food or water become contaminated is from the release of such untreated sewage - septic tank waste - into a drinking water supply or onto cropland, with the result that people who unknowingly eat or drink such contaminated sources of food and water become infected with disease.
  • Cleaner air, with the increased capture and use of methane gas, reducing this major source of greenhouse gas emissions along with its contribution to climate change and global warming trends. Renewable energy, using the steady supply of methane produced, generating enough energy to power thousands of homes each year.
  • Reduction of a septage hauler’s disposal and permit fees, by providing a cost-effective, environmentally approved, single location to dispose of septic waste.