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The LIFE LEACHLESS project (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000530) will promote water resources management actions in accordance with the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC by enabling managers of landfills and waste treatment centres to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of their effluents.

Large amounts of leachates are generated in Europe and, because of their composition, having a high pollution load. The LEACHLESS project proposes a treatment model that will be carried out “in-situ” using a cost-effective novel technology that combines solar evaporation/condensation plus forward osmosis. The prototype will be powered by renewable energies (solar energy, biomass and residual heat), which will minimise the carbon footprint of the process.

The final effluent quality will be very high, allowing reuse (preferred) or discharge into watercourses. In the particular case of this project, the final effluents will be reused for cleaning and gardening purposes. A minority semi-solid residual stream will be also generated in the process. Due to its special composition (rich in metals and inorganic elements), this stream will be valorised in ceramic industries to improve the final products characteristics.

Participate with us

If you represent a facility where leachates are generated or a ceramic company, LIFE LEACHLESS invites you to participate as an observer in the different stages of the project. To do this, please complete the corresponding questionnaire (it will not take you more than 2 minutes).




LIFE LEACHLESS in the spotlight


LIFE LEACHLESS participates in LIFE Networking session in Greece

On 22 June, within the activities framed within the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management CHANIA 2023, held in Crete (Greece), the project participated in a Networking session of LIFE projects. The conference, organised by the National...

LIFE LEACHLESS holds its latest monitoring meeting

Last June 1st, the current monitoring expert of the ELMEN EEIG project, Patricia Serrano, visited the facilities of the Cartif Technology Centre in Boecillo (Valladolid), to carry out the last monitoring meeting of the LIFE LEACHLESS project before its completion....

LIFE LEACHLESS present at the IDEAS 2023 conference

Members of the LIFE LEACHLESS project team of the Fundación Cartif attended the conference “Soluciones para nuevos retos ambientales” (Solutions for new environmental challenges), organised by the Asociación Española de Abastecimientos de Agua y Saneamiento (AEAS) and...

Project completes demonstration phase in Ano Liosia

The demonstration step of the plant in the second demonstration scenario (the Ano Liosia landfill in Athens, Greece) was completed at the beginning of May. The plant has been operating for four months in the Greek scenario, treating the leachate generated at the...

Pilot plant completes installation and will start commissioning

After receiving the containerised pilot plant in Athens (Greece), it was moved to the Ano Liosia landfill (in Athens itself), the site selected as the second demonstration site for the pilot plant. During the last few weeks, the staff of the National Technical...

LIFE LEACHLESS receives another visit from monitoring expert

On Monday 13th June the monitoring expert visited the facilities of Fundación Cartif in Boecillo (Valladolid). The purpose of the visit was to carry out a new monitoring meeting of the LIFE LEACHLESS project. Representatives of the three beneficiaries of the project...