Soil Pollution is the presence of toxic chemicals — also called pollutants or contaminants — in soil. Found at manufacturing facilities, near highways, in neighborhoods, and far out in the wilderness, it’s impacts are vast. By utilizing natural cleaning techniques, such as bioremediation, nature can clean with nature!

There is always some risk of harmful elements in soil, even when it appears untouched by humans. When harmful elements appear in high concentrations, they pose a risk to the health of humans, wildlife, freshwater supplies, and our entire ecosystem. By the soil pollution definition, soil pollution occurs when the contaminants’ levels in soil exceed the natural, usual levels. This can be caused by a variety of reasons from oil spills to other hydrocarbon accidents. 

Prevention is great, but humans make mistakes! Allow nature to clean soil pollution the natural way, with bioremediation.

Causes of soil pollution

When thinking about hydrocarbon spills, large scale industrial contamination arrives at the forefront of many people’s minds. While this is accurate, soil pollution can occur on a much smaller scale as well. From residential neighborhoods to industrial sites, soil pollution is present. Common hydrocarbon pollutants include: 

  • Acrylonitrile
  • Alcohols
  • BTEX / AFF Waste
  • Cresol
  • Crude Oil
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Glycols
  • Inks
  • Jet Fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Methanol
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Motor Oil
  • MTBE
  • Oil-based Paints
  • Oily Sludge
  • Paint Thinner
  • Pipeline Condensate
  • Solvents
  • Toluene
  • Waste Oils

Everyday tasks can lead to accidental hydrocarbon spills. These small spills add up and accumulate to a great deal of pollution.  Though humans tend to create a mess, humans are not always able to clean the mess fully. This alone provides further proof of the need for microbial remediation of polluted soils.

Home soil contamination 

Sometimes, even the most environmentally-conscious homeowner accidentally causes home soil pollution. Perhaps an old vehicle is leaking oil in your driveway. Maybe your family member knocked over the used motor oil container in your garage.  Or maybe someone accidentally dumped a tub of deep fryer grease in the backyard. Bionex Technology can help!

Super Microbe Emergency Spill Solution is a natural, safe, and non-toxic formula. It’s a blend of selected microbes that digest organic contaminants on the ground surface and soil. These communities of microbes effectively convert harmful hydrocarbons, oils, and grease into non-toxic compounds. Plus, Super Microbe suppresses toxic organic vapors. It creates a safer work environment while you clean up.

Industrial soil contamination 

Manufacturing practices have come a long way! We’ve worked hard to develop and enforce eco-friendly best practices. Never forget that accidents happen. When they do, Bionex Technology has your bac(teria).

Remedy, our soil remediation product, is another natural and safe non-toxic formula of select microbes. These superbugs digest organic contaminants on the ground surface and soil. When applied to a hydrocarbon spill, microbes and enzymes accelerate natural microbial activity. Remedy reduces clean-up and operational downtime drastically. It also suppresses harmful organic vapors. This creates a safer work environment for spill responders and eliminates flammability.

Remedies for soil pollution

How can we control soil pollution? Every instance of soil pollution is unique and needs careful consideration to choose the best clean-up strategy. Variables to think about include:

  • Type of contaminant — Is it a highly hazardous chemical or used motor oil? Is it flammable?
  • The extent of pollution — Is this a small spill in a contained area? Will it reach our hydro system of freshwater?
  • Soil type  — Sand, for instance, is less absorbent than other soils.
  • Location of spill — Is this soil contamination near a school or public area? 
  • Weather and environmental conditions — How will the movement of rain and level of surfaces affect this spill?

Usually, soil treatment occurs at the site of contamination. Sometimes the soil requires removal for treatment elsewhere. Cost is also significant for industrial and residential applications. Some solutions can be expensive, lengthy, or labor-intensive. When it comes to soil contamination, Bionex Technology offers a variety of cost-effective, natural solutions.

What happens when soil is contaminated?

The impact of soil pollution on the environment is severe. Soil contamination affects our food supplies, freshwater, and the air we breathe. It affects the health of humans and all living organisms. Without healthy soils, we cannot grow food or support the plants we need to create oxygen.

Soil contamination also reduces soil biodiversity. It reduces organic matter and limits soil capacity as a filter. It contaminates water stored in soil and groundwater and causes an imbalance of soil nutrients. 

Healthy soils are the key to food security, air quality, and a sustainable future.

Discover your soil contamination solution!

At Bionex Technology, our mission is to provide soil remediation products for plants, factories, pipelines, and homes. We harness Mother Nature’s power to solve soil pollution problems. From household to industrial use, in Houston and across the US, our bioremediation products get the job done! Contact us to learn more about our suite of soil remediation products today.