Incineration - Incineration
costs, unfortuately are measured in $/ton. The cost of incineration is roughly around $740 per ton. This is an
estimated number because the cost would depend on so many factors. The cost of incineration is approximately 2 to 3
times that of most bioremediation costs.
Landfill Dumping - Landfill
dumping is fairly expensive due to high tipping fees. Landfills do not really want all of that hazardous waste and contaminants.
For this reason, they charge anyone that does decide to dump those things in the landfill a lot of money.
typically tipping fees for hazardous contaminants are $11- $31 per cubic metre. You should also recognize that this does not
include the cost of excavating the contaminated soil nor the cost of transporting the excavated soil to the landfill.
It also does not include the cost of hiring people to cary out the disposal of the contaminated soil. These things really
drive up the cost, making it much more expensive than most forms of bioremdiation.
Thermal treatment - Thermal
treatment usually costs between $23 - $46 per cubic metre. This figure only describes the cost of heating the soil.
It does not include costs like excavation, handling, and transportation. These drastically increase the cost of the
overall procedure, making it also much more expensive than most types of bioremdiation.
Burial - The cost of the burial
of the contaminated soil is actually about the same as the bioremediation average, maybe even less in some cases.
However, the burial of the contaminated soil does not solve the problem of the contamination. It simply postpones the
problem. Therefore, these costs cannot be justified if bioremediation is also an option. It does not make sense
to bury the contamination in a different location for the same price (approximately) that you could permanently get rid of
Not only are these alternatives much more expensive
than bioremediation, they also cost the environment a lot more as well. None of the alternatives can offer the cost-effective,
environmentally friendly, and permanent solution in the same way that bioremediation does.