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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 13 | Page No.: 2388-2393
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2011.2388.2393
 
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Treatment of Adsorbable Organic Halides from Recycled Paper Industry Wastewater using a GAC-SBBR Pilot Plant System

M.H. Muhamad, S.R.S. Abdullah, A.B. Mohamad, R.A. Rahman and A.A.H. Khadum

Abstract:
Wastewater originating from recycled paper industry is known to be potentially toxic/inhibitory. Adsorbable Organic Halides (AOX) are among the toxic constituents generated from the recycled paper industry. The problems associated with AOX in the environment are their accumulation in the food chain and their persistence in nature. Hence, it is imperative to improve the effluent quality emanating from the recycled paper industry in order to meet the future discharge limits. One the plausible treatment technique is the use of the Sequencing Batch Biofilm Reactor (SBBR) with an option for Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) dosing. Pilot scale reactor based on combined physical-biological treatment of this GAC-SBBR system has been fabricated and evaluated for performance in the treatment of effluent from a recycled paper mill. The pilot GAC-SBBR was constructed in Muda Recycled Paper Mill located in Kajang, Selangor. It comprises of a High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) biofilm reactor with a diameter of 1.2 m, maximum water depth of 1.8 m and packed with 200 g L-1 of 2-3 mm granular activated carbon (coconut shells). The entire plant set-up was successfully commissioned. As a first step in the design procedure, a pilot test was run for a period of 2 months which include biomass acclimatization process for 1 month. Preliminary results showed that the GAC-SBBR could be an appropriate technology for the treatment of the wastewater. Based on reactor operation, the removal efficiencies of Pentachlorophenol (PCP) from the treated effluent was in the range between 82-100%, while the COD removal efficiency was between 39-81%. The initial results of pilot scale showed that the biofilm attached onto granular activated carbon can substantially remove the PCP recalcitrant in the wastewater. This research uses PCP as a model for AOX compound to study the adsorption and biodegradation of PCP in pilot plant biofilm reactor system.
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How to cite this article:

M.H. Muhamad, S.R.S. Abdullah, A.B. Mohamad, R.A. Rahman and A.A.H. Khadum, 2011. Treatment of Adsorbable Organic Halides from Recycled Paper Industry Wastewater using a GAC-SBBR Pilot Plant System. Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 2388-2393.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2011.2388.2393

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2011.2388.2393

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