Refuse-to-Energy Wastewater Treatment

by Gordon P. Treweek, (M.ASCE), Supervising Engr.; James M. Montgomery Consulting Engrg., Inc., 555 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, Calif. 91101,

Serial Information: Journal of the Energy Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 1-16

Document Type: Journal Paper


Wastewater treatment technologies are evaluated for their potential utilization at waste-as-fuel (WAF) and refuse-derived-fuel (RDF) facilities to treat waterborne pollutants. The principal WAF/RDF wastestreams contain the following: organic pollutants (BOD5, COD, and TSS) in concentrations up to 100,000 mg/L at pyrolysis units; organic priority pollutants in concentrations up to 100 mg/L at pyrolysis and digester units; and trace metals in concentrations up to 1,000 mg/L in incinerator scrubbers. The efficacy of aerobic, anaerobic, and physical-chemical facilities to treat the wastestreams from incinerators, hydrapulping facilities, pyrolysis units, and digesters is projected from documented experiences. Based on this analysis, potential treatment trains are recommended to render the wastestreams acceptable for discharge to publicly owned treatment works or ambient waterways.

Subject Headings: Heat treatment | Refuse derived fuel | Wastewater treatment | Incineration | Waste treatment plants | Wastewater treatment plants | Water treatment plants | Oxygen demand

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