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Recycled and Virgin Plastic Carriers In Hybrid Reactors for Wastewater Treatment

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The reduction of organic and nitrogen pollution of wastewater was investigated in two hybrid reactors and compared with the reduction obtained by using a conventional activated sludge reactor (ASR) run as a control. Both HR-1 and HR-2 were activated sludge systems where a low-density carrier, P1 (polyethylene) for HR-1 and P2 (recycled plastics) for HR-2, was added. Firstly, the three reactors were operated at 10 days Suspended Solid Retention Time ( SRT SS), leading to a complete nitrification. Secondly, the SRT SS for each reactor was lowered to 3 days. Nitrification was lost for the ASR but remained complete for HR's. Respirometric techniques were used to measure fixed or suspended biomass activities for heterotrophic and autotrophic biomass. More than 90 % of the autotrophic activity was found on the supports whatever the SRT SS used. The results may underline the role of the carrier geometry or surface characteristics on the autotrophic/heterotrophic microorganism distribution.

Keywords: Activated sludge; biofilm; floating carriers; hybrid reactor; wastewater treatment

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143006X123139

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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