Flocculation is a waste water treatment process that uses a clay polymer to coagulate the solids in the vibratory waste water stream. This coagulation generates larger particles of the contaminants and metals which then can be filtered out of the waste stream. This is typically accomplished via a paper bed filer or a centrifuge. Once this floc is removed from the waste stream the filtered water can be sent to sewer or back to the vibratory process for reuse.
Chemical Flocculation System
The filtered out material is disposed of as a residual waste unless your waste stream contains high levels of metal such as copper or chrome. In this instance your solid waste could be characterized as a hazardous material and thus disposed as such. We have found in some cases that by adding the clay polymer to a heavy metal waste stream it has actually enabled the solid waste to pass through as a non hazardous waste.
Flocculation treatment has a lower capital expense to get started but its continuous cost of operation due to the addition of polymers and slug generation is much higher than other means of mechanical separation. The process is available in a manual or automated system depending on your preference.