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J Hazard Mater. 2007 Feb 9;140(1-2):316-24. Epub 2006 Sep 14.

Landfill leachate treatment with ozone and ozone/hydrogen peroxide systems.

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  • 1School of Engineering, Design and Technology, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK.


In the search for an efficient and economical method to treat a leachate generated from a controlled municipal solid waste landfill site (Jebel Chakir) in the region of greater Tunis in Tunisia, ozone alone and ozone combined with hydrogen peroxide were studied. The leachate was characterised by high COD, low biodegradability and intense dark colour. A purpose-built reactor, to avoid foaming, was used for the study. It was found that ozone efficacy was almost doubled when combined with hydrogen peroxide at 2g/L but higher H(2)O(2) concentrations gave lower performances. Enhancement in the leachate biodegradability from about 0.1 to about 0.7 was achieved by the O(3)/H(2)O(2) system. Insignificant changes in pH that may due to buffering effect of bicarbonate was found. A small decrease in sulphate concentrations were also observed. In contrast, chloride concentration declined at the beginning of the experiment then increased to reach its initial value. Estimates of the operating costs were made for comparison purposes and it was found that the O(3)/H(2)O(2) system at 2g/L H(2)O(2) gave the lowest cost of about 3.1TND( approximately 2.3USD)/kgCOD removed.

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