Author(s): Aylin Uçar1, Sezen Küçükçongar2
  • 1. Selçuk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Konya, Turkey
  • 2. Selçuk University, Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, Konya, Turkey

Abstract: Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemical substances that are persistent in the environment. The most important characteristics of POPs are bioaccumulation, toxicity and very resistance to chemical and biological degradation. A significant proportion of the POPs are industrial chemicals and pesticides. POPs other than industrial chemicals and pesticides are compounds formed as by-products during the burning process of some pesticides or wastes. Solid waste landfill leachates are important contaminants that need to be treated in terms of biological and chemical pollution parameters at high concentrations and alternative treatment technologies are available. Leachate contains various derivatives of POPs components. In this study, it was aimed to investigate the persistent organic pollutants in leachate and the effectiveness of removal methods. Landfill leachates that will directly interfere with surface waters and underground waters will bring our surface water in the short run and our ground waters in the long run to the point of no return.