Sunday, February 22, 2015

USES OF COMPOST: BIOREMEDIATION

Bioremediation: is a waste management treatment technique that involves the use of naturally occurring organisms to breakdown, neutralize, and remove hazardous pollutants into a less toxic or non toxic substance.



This new technology is a prominent and successful way soil pollutants are being managed. Bioremediation is used to restore contaminated soils, as well as manage storm water, and degrade volatile organic compounds. Microorganisms are used to consume contaminants in soils, ground and surface waters, and air. The contaminants are digested, metabolized, and transformed into humus and other byproducts such as carbon dioxide, water, and salts.

This form of treatment is significant because, as in any remediation project, the goal is to return the contaminated area to its pre contaminated condition. In addition to reducing contaminate levels, compost advances this goal by facilitation plant growth.

This natural process does not require as much equipment, labor, or energy as other clean up methods. Bioremediation is an advantageous method as it does not involve movement to the contaminated soil, it is treated onsite. Microbes change the harmful chemicals into small amounts of water and gasses, therefor, few, if any, waste byproducts are created. Bioremediation often occurs underground and does not cause much disruption to the site or surrounding community. It may take as little as a few months to a few years for microbes to clean up a site. When contaminant concentrations are high, for example, the process may take longer. 

To get your own bioremediation kit, visit Environmental Solutions, Inc. as it offers environmental management products, services, articles, and questions and answers concerning their Bioremedial cleaning products. They are dedicated to the clean-up and bioremediation of potentially harmful contaminants, and in doing so transform hazardous compounds into safe and disposable carbon dioxide and water. All of their products are safe to use, pH neutral, non-corrosive, non-toxic, and are meant for everyday use, not just large emergencies.

As simple, safe, and effective as the bioremediation process is, it is not widely used here in America. This could be due to a simple lack of knowledge on the subject. To be honest, before researching this topic, I had never heard of bioremediation. It is now up to you, the informed reader, armed with an effective solution, to share information and engage against this war with pollution.

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