Liquid waste removal has undergone many changes in recent years. Today, liquid waste is solidified within minutes through the introduction of reagents that react with the liquid waste to solidify it in minutes.
The solidified waste is then transported to landfills using normal trucks, making the entire process highly efficient, safe, and inexpensive. This results in a safer environment and reduces incidences of spillage since liquid waste is transported in compact liquid form via trucks.
This was not always the case. Traditionally, liquid waste removal was a more complicated process. It had numerous disadvantages that made handling liquid waste a highly sensitive and intricate affair. The danger posed by improper handling was a huge risk to humanity and adversely affected the environment. Some of the disadvantages of traditional liquid waste include the following:
1. Highly Expensive
Traditional removal of liquid waste is extremely expensive. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of liquid waste, the traditional process of managing it is very intricate. It involves strenuous procedures that make it very expensive. It also involves the use of special but expensive trucks that transport the liquid waste from one centre to another.
2. Time Consuming
Traditional handling of liquid waste takes a lot of time. To allow safe removal, the waste is first solidified to make it safe and practical to transport. The solidified waste is then transported in special trucks from one disposal centre to another. The traditional process of solidifying the waste is time-consuming since the dry materials that are introduced into the liquid to solidify it usually takes too long time to take effect.
The process of solidifying liquid waste and transporting it to landfills was very risky. First, trucking waste to collection centres for treatment was a very complicated and risky affair. It involved adding large volumes of dry materials such as fly ash and sawdust or lime dust to liquid waste until the substance was solid enough to meet the criteria for transportation to the landfill. This is a wasteful and highly redundant process. Besides, solidified waste was too bulky and had to be transported using a fleet of special trucks.
4. Too Much Waste Transported to Landfills
Because huge volumes of dry materials such as sawdust or fly ash were added to the liquid waste to solidify it, this resulted in huge volumes of waste that had to be trucked to landfills in special trucks. Fleets of special trucks would transport the solidified waste from one centre to another by road.
5. Wasteful and Redundant
As noted above, conventional methods of treating liquid waste are very inefficient. They are also wasteful and redundant. For instance, the traditional process of solidifying waste only ended up increasing the waste volume. As a result, a lot of waste that ended up in landfills could have been managed in other ways and consequently exert less strain on landfills. With increased solid waste, the landfills could barely manage the huge volumes of waste.
Liquid waste disposal management has greatly evolved. Today, by using reagents, some companies are able to remove liquid waste in a highly efficient and economical manner. Compared to traditional liquid waste removal techniques, the modern way of handling liquid waste has greatly improved liquid waste management.
The traditional techniques were very expensive and involved trucking solidified waste in special trucks. At the end of the day, the process of converting liquid into solid waste resulted in even bigger volumes of waste finding its way into landfills. However, modern liquid waste management techniques result in reduced volumes of liquid waste as reagents react with the liquid waste before compacting it into a solid form for efficient and safe transportation to landfills.