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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


The demonstration plant of the LIFE LEACHLESS project starts operation

The assembly and installation of the of the LIFE LECHALESS project demonstration plant at the Zonzamas Environmental Complex (Lanzarote) was completed at the beginning of 2021. The plant consists of 3 containers, on the roof of which the solar collectors are...

LIFE LEACHLESS project welcomes the main actors of the demonstration in Lanzarote

On 22 October 2020 a meeting was held at the Zonzamas Environmental Complex (Lanzarote) between members of the regional government (Área de Residuos del Excmo. Cabildo de Lanzarote), managers of Environmental Complex and representatives of LIFE LECHALESS project...


The final event of the LIFE METHAMORPHOSIS project was held on 29 September. This project, led by Aqualia, has implemented a series of innovative technologies in the field of the environment and climate change to provide a solution for the treatment of waste water and...

Barcelona hosts the “LIFE Waste-Water Treatment Platform Meeting”

The LIFE LEACHLESS project has participated in the “LIFE Waste-Water Treatment Platform Meeting”, in Barcelona (Spain), on 29 and 30 January 2020. The Urban Waste Water Treatment (UWWT) Directive is one of the oldest pieces of EU legislation. Many Member States are...


Representatives of the LIFE LEACHLESS project, attended last week ECOMONDO, the leading event in Europe for the new models of circular economy. The event took place between 3 and 6 November in Rimini (Italy). ECOMONDO consisted of an international exhibition with an...

LIFE LEACHLESS is part of the World Waste Congress, ISWA 2019

The ISWA World Congress is the most important congress in the world in the field of waste management. The 29th ISWA World Congress was held at the Palacio de Congresos y de la Música Euskalduna in Bilbao (Spain), from 7 to 9 October 2019. Bilbao welcomed around 1,500...