Treating Pollution

By addressing pollution across the interconnected systems of waste, water and energy, we create a more comprehensive and effective strategy for environmental protection.

Catered Solutions for Every Challenge

Pollution can have lasting and irreversible effects across ecosystems. As urban populations increase, so do the amount of resources we use and waste we create, carrying with them harmful pollutants. At our current pace, we will be generating an estimated 3.4 billion metric tons of waste every year by 2050.

Working to keep these harmful pollutants out of the environment is critical to achieving ecological transformation. Whether for water, soil or air, we offer a full array of solutions to treat all types of pollution, including micropollutants and industrial effluent. Through our integrated approach to treat and remediate pollution, we work with you and your businesses to reduce the environmental impact of human activities, optimize resources and protect biodiversity.


Our Approach

Managing, mitigating and preventing the risks of hazardous waste are areas of our deep expertise. As a company originally established for meeting environmental challenges, we partner with customers to not just meet requirements, but ensure that we are doing as much as possible to treat pollution, remove it from the environment and whenever possible, regenerate it as a useful resource. 

Adapting a Circular Economy

We proactively look for ways to keep resources in use for longer either as the same product or something different. For example, we own and operate sulfuric acid regeneration plants throughout the United States that provide a cost-effective, environmentally-sound and flexible alternative to traditional sulfur management systems. Many industrial facilities produce a spent sulfuric acid by-product that can be regenerated into a full strength high-quality sulfuric acid, and at our plants we take care of that process and send it back to customers for reuse. Similarly, our oily sludge management system recovers oil to return back into the refining process and reduces the rest into a dense cake that can be disposed of easily. 

Help Through Every Part of the Process

Whether your business is in the private or public sector, complying with increasingly stringent environmental regulations can become a tedious effort, taking away time and resources from your primary obligations—the things you do best. By partnering with Veolia, we can help shoulder that burden and ensure you stay compliant to manage your waste streams that could have lasting effects on the environment.

Managing Pollution Across Industries

Both hazardous and non-hazardous waste can pose risks to human health and the environment. Improper handling or inappropriate treatment can lead to serious accidents such as fires, explosions and toxic clouds that can cause lasting pollution to water, soil or the atmosphere. Complying with environmental regulations is of the utmost importance, especially for any operation generating hazardous waste as it ensures the waste is treated properly and won’t contribute to environmental contamination or create business liability.

We focus on using our expertise to treat hazardous waste effectively in a manner that eliminates it completely or renders the waste non-toxic. We are a recognized player in treating hazardous waste and soil that has been degraded or contaminated by heavy metals (lead, arsenic, etc.) or organic compounds (hydrocarbons, methane, etc.). By controlling the complete hazardous waste treatment cycle, Veolia’s solutions limit the environmental impacts of industrial activities, avoid the dispersion of pollution into the environment and promote the circular economy.

When your hazardous waste disposal needs call for permanent, safe and efficient solutions, you may need stabilization and land disposal technologies that meet today's industry standards. Here's how Veolia helps you navigate this process.

The majority of medical waste generated in the U.S. is regulated at the state and local level, so medical and pharmaceutical waste needs to be managed in a way to ensure your staff’s safety and your organization’s regulatory compliance. We apply the same industry-leading customer service to our medical waste customers as we do to our heavily regulated hazardous waste customers. First, we conduct an initial medical waste review and breakdown analysis to help your company reduce waste and minimize your costs. Once your unique needs are determined, our partners train your staff on waste stream segregation, procedures and safety.

We manage the world’s toughest waste streams, many of which require careful handling. Our highly trained staff are capable of safely managing hazardous waste of all kinds, whether chemical, low-level radioactive or even simple household waste. We also offer solutions for your company’s collection, transport and disposal needs. No matter what type or quantity of waste you need managed, we can promptly dispatch a wide range of transportation equipment to your location, including less-than-truckload and specialized refrigeration and packaging programs.

Solutions for Cities and Communities

Drinking water production reached extremely high-quality levels during the 20th century, but unwanted residues may still be found in water, especially after domestic or industrial use. Many of these micropollutants are invisible to the naked eye, but their toxicity can pose a risk to human health.

The treatment of municipal water and wastewater consists of complex, multi-stage processes which must meet strict safety, efficiency and environmental standards. For all treatment methods, operational expertise is required to deliver quality water and drinking water to cities and local communities. It is also essential to ensuring that we keep our rivers, lakes and oceans clean.

Wastewater treatment for local governments and industry also provides an opportunity to recover resources through creative and sustainable closed loop tactics. At Veolia, our  biosolids and residuals program extracts maximum value from wastewater to produce reusable byproducts that can help cities achieve their circular economy goals. Reclaimed resources such as compost, fertilizers and biofuels can also offset operational costs, reduce the amount of sludge sent to landfills, replace the use of chemical fertilizers and limit the use of non-renewable energy sources.

Addressing New Pollution Concerns

As we become more aware of the effects of newer pollutants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or the increasingly stringent regulations on lead and copper, we are exploring and developing solutions to help safely remove these pollutants from our environment and water systems while also meeting the evolving regulations related to these concerns. Our deep understanding of water treatment and distribution system operation and management provide you with support to meet requirements and protect our waterways from the lasting effects of these contaminants.

Community Collections

Have you ever searched online for the proper way to recycle household items like batteries, electronics or medicine? Simply disposing of these products in your trash can have negative effects on the environment, with pollutants leaking from these products into waterways and soil.

We partner with communities all over the United States to help organize, promote and implement convenient household hazardous waste collection programs to assure that these wastes are managed safely and in the most environmentally responsible manner. Your participation helps reduce your carbon footprint, while protecting human health and the environment within your community.

Future-Forward Solutions

Never before have we been so keenly aware of humankind’s impact on the environment, and the effect on people's lives. We strongly believe in the need to work together to develop tangible solutions that protect our planet.

Through our comprehensive treatment and regeneration processes, Veolia is able to limit the effects of pollution in our water, air and soil and move towards a more sustainable tomorrow.