Low-maintenance leachate management.

CarboNet chemistry cuts PAM by 80% and cost-to-treat by 50%, ensuring landfills don’t breach their permit—or balance sheet.

Dunking on dumps.

Leachate is a zero-sum game: breach your permits and your landfill shuts down and operations grinds to a halt. It’s also a favourite of regulators who can easily track emissions from fixed address sites.

Why it matters: Landfill operators have historically relied on commodity chemicals, wonky make-down equipment, and untrained crew to handle leachate treatment. But that hand can easily fold when staff—hampered by having to babysit make-down rigs—overdose PAM or create accidental leaks that push emission levels over the top.

CarboNet’s SimpleFloc dramatically reduces the risk of breaches—even as it simplifies operations and reduces your costs.

  • Toxicity: SimpleFloc reduces PAM by up to 80%, helping hit increasingly stringent regulatory targets, and insulating operations from breaches in the operating envelope.
  • Chemical spend: CarboNet flocculants alter the throughput of water treatment, reducing cost-to-treat by up to 50%.
  • OPEX: SimpleFloc requires no make-down and dramatically reduces time spent on dosing calibration and monitoring. And, increasingly, CarboNet sites use automated pumps that send data back to a monitoring dashboard for aggregation and analysis.
  • CAPEX: SimpleFloc doesn’t require make-down equipment and often improves the performance of other tools in the pipeline, helping maintain existing CAPEX or avoid new investments entirely.
  • Emissions: CarboNet chemistry reduces Scope 3 Emissions up to 70%, a crucial feature for fixed-address sites.
  • Health & safety: CarboNet products arrive pre-activated and plug-and-play, removing the need for makedown and crew exposure to toxic inhalants, spills, slips, and other machine interactions.
  • Regulatory exposure: Broadly, CarboNet chemistry slashes emissions and improves performance KPIs related to zero discharge or permit targets.

The bottom line: Water insecurity is changing regulations, permits, and emission limits. Commodity chemicals like polyacrylamide (PAM)—created 70 years ago for a different era of water treatment and rapidly aging out—aren’t up for the task at hand.

  • Smart chemistry can reduce risks, cut costs, and improve unit performance.
  • As one operator recently commented: “SimpleFloc is the most technologically innovative water treatment application I have laid eyes on this decade. It’s the difference between a system that just meets regulations and one that’s set up to accelerate and scale.”

Reference project

An energy company faced stiff fines for breaching arsenic levels in their landfill leachate and gas condensate wastewater.

The problem: Sludge regularly gummed up filters intended for heavy metals and similar particulates during wastewater treatment. The source? Inconsistent flocs due to polyacrylamide (PAM).

  • PAM’s weak bonds create flocs that are too watery, too spongy, or—frustratingly—both. This inconsistent behaviour makes it hard for crews to achieve consistent output and creates havoc for filters during dewatering.
  • Leachate can be particularly challenging to wastewater teams given the variability of fats, oil, and grease (FOG).

Behind the scenes: Looking to avoid regulatory exposure, the operator was spending $25k/month on filter replacements as they sought a permanent fix for the problem.

The solution arrived in the form of SimpleFloc, CarboNet’s no-make-down flocculant which, when combined with with ACH (aluminum chloride), and FeCl3 (ferric chloride), resulted in faster solid settlement, lower turbidity, and lower FOG measurements. The effect of this was:

  1. A 67% reduction in filter damage, which shaved $200k off the P&L
  2. The elimination of arsenic breaches and a cut in PAM usage by 79%
“The speed and clarity that CarboNet helped us to achieve in our water was better than anything we ever expected—the results were astounding. Not only could this save tens of thousands in equipment costs, we are impressed with how seamless the experience was.“
Plant Manager, Waste Disposal Unit

Win in Water

Water insecurity and regulations are coming for the P&L. CarboNet chemistry lowers CAPEX, OPEX, and emissions.