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Removal of glyphosate from industrial effluent, Australia

Glyphosate Removal

Infinite Water designed and built a 25,000 litre per day plant to treat industrial effluent comprising of high organics and high levels of glyphosate.

The Client

Our client is a leader in reusable packaging systems including packaging suitable for crop protection products. As such, the client needed to meet regulations for safe discharge after the packaging systems were washed and a waste stream was generated. The waste stream consisted of various herbicides and pesticides including glyphosate.

The Situation

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide and crop desiccant. In recent years the cancer-research arm of the WHO announced that it is probable that glyphosate is carcinogenic to humans. Vacuum Distillation (Evaporation) - the most popular method for removing glyphosate has high capital and operational costs. Infinite Water was given the task to remove the glyphosate at a lower capex and opex.

Our Solution

Infinite Water designed and built a process to treat 25,000 litres/day of industrial effluent high in organics, glyphosate and other hydrocarbon-based herbicides.

The HYDROXON™ process successfully reduced glyphosate levels from 500 mg/L to below 20 mg/L (>95% reduction!) as well as treated other pollutants to meet discharge regulations. The capital cost and operational cost was less than half of an evaporator system.

Benefits at a glance

  • Reproducible results with varying composition of raw water
  • Telemetry link for remote monitoring, data analysis and plant management
  • Small plant footprint
  • Low energy consumption of only 0.1kWhr/m3
Before and after treatmentBefore and after treatment
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