Facility: Closed, Subtitle D Landfill
Location: Milan, Illinois
Owner/Operator: Republic Services
System: Leachate Phyto-Utilization™ with Hybrid Poplar ETCap®
Installation Year: 2015
Design: Rows of hybrid poplar and willow trees over 4 acres
The Quad Cities system was the first Phyto-Utilization™ system installed on a closed, Subtitle D landfill, and represents another successful project. Since operation began, the system has processed more than 8 million gallons of leachate. The system has reduced the facility’s carbon footprint by sequestering CO2 and avoiding tanker truck emissions, as well as created significant long-term savings for the facility and habitat for wildlife.
Trees Immediately After Planting
Tree Growth - 2019
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 hybrid poplar and willow trees. The trees 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.