Landfill Leachate Treatment Using Hybrid Up-Flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (HUASB) Reactor

Mohd Bharudin Ridzuan, Zawawi Daud, Ab. Aziz Abdul Latiff, Zulkifli Ahmad, Zulfairul Zakariah


Abstract: The Effect of the development process in the country would lead the increment of the solid wastes production. Malaysia as a developing country is also could not escape from the problem in its solid waste management. An important problem that associated to landfill is the production of leachate. Leachate contains dangerous substances such as organic matters, heavy metals, Nitrogen Ammonia and other materials that could pollute underground water source. The aim of the paper was to study landfill leachate treatment efficiency using Hybrid Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (HUASB) reactor in lab-scale. This research was investigate the pollutant content in landfill leachate and determines the percentage of nutrient removal. Parameters used for this research, were Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Suspended Solid (SS), Total Nitrogen (TN), and Total Phosphorus (TP). The experiments were carried out in lab scaled constructed reactor,  30 days duration which samples for test had been taken each 3 days intervals. The results showed that HUASB reactor were capable in removal several parameters. It has great ability in removal of Total Phosphorus and Suspended Solid with 90.60% and 80.70% each. The result of COD removal showed an encouraging removal graph, with average percentage removal 73.70%. Average percentage removal for BOD is 64%. Total Nitrogen was less remove nutrient with average percentage removal 50.32%. From the results, it showed that HUASB reactor capable to remove organic pollutants from landfill leachate.


Landfill Leachate; HUASB Reactor; Organic Pollutants Removal

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