Reclamation of contaminated land, more than just a requirement, a responsibility

The last century was marked by heavy industrial development. All of this industrial activity has left us, amongst other legacies, with many contaminated sites.

Rehabilitation of contaminated land requires proper management of contaminated soil, which is what Horizon Environnement provides with its burial and treatment services.

What is contaminated soil?

It is soil containing substances such as hydrocarbons (oil, gasoline, etc.), chemical products or heavy metals as the result of industrial or commercial activities. These contaminants can be liquid or solid.

Liquid contaminants seep into the soil and get into groundwater. Solid contaminants are carried along by rainwater leaching and also get into groundwater. These substances are thus able to spread and contaminate vast areas.

Where contaminants come from

Many industrial and commercial activities result in the contamination of sites of various sizes:

  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • Electrical engineering
  • Pulp and paper
  • Metallurgy, smelting
  • Wood preservation
  • Service station operation
  • Dry cleaning
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair
  • etc.

The economic aspect

Contaminated sites lose a lot of their commercial value. They cannot be used for agriculture or commercial, residential or recreational development.

Consequently, the owners of these sites have full interest in reclaiming them. Soil rehabilitation allows their value to be restored and therefore constitutes an investment.