Treating Black Goo in Landfills – Free, Educational Forum

August 17, 2023

black goo
Get the most up-to-date information about the conditions creating this sticky, high-maintenance situation and treatments.


Landfills are experiencing a phenomenon called “black goo,” solids that make their way into leachate and gas collection systems, clogging equipment and impairing the management and extraction of leachate and gas. The viscosity differs between facilities, hardening like concrete or staying pliable. It attaches to pumps and check valves and settles in sumps, causing problems for leachate collection system cleanouts and landfill operations.

With funding from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation, Dr. Craig Benson will provide information from his team’s studies, and our panelists will discuss how goos move through waste into the infrastructure and how to remove it best. Ultimately this and a growing base of information will help us to prevent the goo problem from happening in the first place.

Who Should Attend and What You’ll Learn?

Goo II is for those in wastewater operations, landfill owners, operators, technicians, field personnel, engineers, and regulators interested in learning more about goos. We’ll cover these topics:

  • Appearance and the basic characteristics and chemical compositions.
  • Engineering landfill leachate collection systems and gas wells.
  • Using technology and landfill data to get early warnings of clogging.
  • Treatment and maintenance methods in the field.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION to Goo II – Understanding and Treating Black Goo in Landfills


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am