Major Metals Reprocessing and Recycling Facility Optimizes Metals Recovery with SAMCO’s Wastewater Treatment Plant
At a leading metals reprocessing and recycling facility in the Northeastern US, valuable metals resources were lost to the plant’s highly complex and variable wastewater streams. SAMCO helped the client develop a rapid, turnkey solution to capture these resources despite the challenging environment.
Treat variable wastewater streams to recover valuable metals waste for purification.
- Reduction of total suspended solids (TSS) to < 50 ppm
- Reduction of elemental metals to < 1 ppm
Scope of Service
The client collaborated with SAMCO to create a comprehensive fast- track solution, beginning with a treatability study, and comprising design, engineering, on- and off- premises construction, and startup support of a waste water treatment plant to suit client needs.
- Stringent discharge limits
- Minimal operator availability
- Highly explosive contaminants and variable wastewater streams
In line with client needs, SAMCO engineered a scalable integrated batch equalization and homogenization strategy to accommodate varied stream flow and contaminants, as well as future plant expansion. To optimize investment return with a one-year payback, the design included a bulk solids settling and clarifier unit to recover valuable magnesium and reduce sludge waste. The solution featured an explosion-proof design for handling elemental metals safely. Additionally, the solution was delivered in a modular, skid- mounted form, with PLC and remote telemetry to minimize on-site installation and operation demands.
Project deliverables and equipment included:
- Solids settling system
- Elemental metals oxidation reaction tanks unit (RTU)
- Inclined plate clarifier (IPC)
- Multimedia filters (MMF)
- Sludge handling/filter press
- PLC controls/SCADA