Waste Treated for Growth: Sustaining Homes and Environment

The Burnie Waste Management Center in Australia has shown the way, to many, who aspire to affect their environment and challenge the impossible to achieve transformational results.

Sustainable development banks on extracting potential from exiting reserves. We, therefore see a flow of projects coming up to aid balance and reverse depletion. B- Cell at Copping is another exceptional project that has been turning hazardous leachate to usable water for irrigation.

Who would’ve thought that the liquid that runs out from bottom of garbage bags, soaking out of disposed meth labs, dead seals and toads, diseased oysters, and waste from planes and ships, could irrigate acres of land and also be considered safe for direct consumption someday? But the wetlands project is treating this leachate to get clean water. And the scale is extremely large. The waste site is being slowly transformed into a balanced ecosystem that supports a flourishing environment.

Copping has taken a leaf from the wetlands project at the Burnie Waste Management Centre, which takes 500 kiloliters of waste water out of the sewerage system every day.

Southern Waste Solutions chief executive Christine Bell said the run-off from the waste cell will be filtered into ponds for treatment, which will be filled with gravel and sand and planted reeds and water plant, having its own macrocosmic flora and fauna.

“Nature turns it into clean water, suitable for irrigation. It takes all the heavy metals and salts out of the leachate and uses those things to grow, so it’s beneficial to the plants,” she explained. She further added that the water would go through tests to deem it suitable for natural wetlands and thence be released.