You might have heard of sludge treatment in the past but are unsure as to what it actually is, how it works and the benefits it can bring to your business or how you treat waste. To answer the first question in the briefest way possible, sludge treatment is essentially the process of dealing with any harmful solids that are found within waste or water when it is being disposed of, with an intention of environmental and recyclable gain. Got it? Well the question still remains over how it actually works, so allow the expertise we have here at Environmental Screening & Separation to take you through it all.
Separating the Sludge
First of all the sludge (solid materials) actually has to be separated from the liquid waste that it is being carried inside, so it is essentially pushed out and collected from the main bulk of the liquids so that the real treatment of all the sludge can begin…
Blending and Heating
The sludge is then blended together to create one composite material and then heated over a lengthy period of time to allow bacteria to break it down and remove the harmful contaminants. This specific process is called ‘anaerobic digestion’ and as a result releases biogas which can be used to create heat which in turn will be used to create electricity – the first step of your waste materials being recycled and used for the greater good begins!
Once the above process has run its course, what was once sludge will now be largely smell-free and resembling dry coffee granules, as the intense heat will have evaporated the rest of the water. This means that it is ready to be compacted into a substance widely known as ‘cake’ which is bagged up and distributed to customers such as farmers.
So there you have it, sludge treatment: the number one way to treat your waste in an environmentally friendly method.