Facility: Closed Landfill
Location: College Station, Texas
Owner/Operator: Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency
System: Leachate Phyto-Utilization™ with Vetiver Grass
Installation Year: 2019
Design: Rows of vetiver plants over 1.5 acres
Our new Rock Prairie Road system was installed in 2019 and has already processed more than 400,000 gallons. The system is designed to pump leachate generated from the landfill to a phyto field where it is distributed to rows of vetiver plants. The plants consume the leachate through evapotranspiration, benefiting the facility and environment in numerous ways. The system is reducing the facility’s carbon footprint by sequestering CO2 and creating habitat for wildlife. BVSWMA is a leading solid waste management provider and advocate for environmental initiatives in the Cities of Bryan and College Station in southeast Texas.
Our Phyto-Utilization™ systems use fast-growing and non-invasive plants to consume liquid waste in a GREEN and sustainable way in order to greatly reduce or eliminate the need for other, more costly disposal methods. The systems are engineered to pump leachate from a pond or tank through a fully automated pre-treatment and distribution process and up to a field to irrigate the rows of vetiver. Vetiver plants then utilize the leachate, normally considered waste, as a resource by absorbing the needed moisture and contaminants, which act as micro and macro nutrients to fuel plant growth.