Compost and composting can be used beneficially to remediate a number of different types of contaminated sites. Composting uses the biological system of micro-organisms in a mature, cured compost to sequester or break down contaminants in water or soil. Micro-organisms consume contaminants in soils, ground and surface waters, and air. The contaminants are digested, metabolized, and transformed into humus and inert byproducts, such as carbon dioxide, water, and salts.  

 Compost bioremediation has proven effective in degrading and/or altering many types of contaminants, such as chlorinated and nonchlorinated hydrocarbons, wood-preserving chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, petroleum products, and nitrate based explosives such as TNT, RDX, HMX, as well as PAHs, PCPs and other VOCs.

 The US EPA has published information on innovative technologies including bioremediation and pollution prevention and composting of explosives contaminated soils.

Compost is also being used as an innovative technology to clean up land contaminated by hazardous wastes, remove contaminants from storm water, facilitate reforestation, and restore wetlands and other natural habitats. Compost has been used to restore soil that is contaminated with explosives, munitions wastes, petroleum, fuel wastes, and lead and other metals.

Terre-Source can assist with aspects of your remediation project including the FS preparation, conceptual design, technical research, QAPjP preparation, SAP preparation, construction QC/QA, and laboratory liason.



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