Rafaela Paes de Souza Barbosa, Maria Magdalena Ribas Döll* and Ana Cláudia Barana
Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil
*Corresponding author: Maria Magdalena Ribas Döll, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil
Submission: May 30, 2018;Published: June 11, 2018
ISSN 2639-0574Volume1 Issue3
Wastewater coming from slaughterhouses by-products contains high amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, organic matter, salts, and so on. The effluent comes from the water used to wash the animals, scalding, washing the floor and the machines, cleaning of equipment, etc. Before discharging the effluent in the water body, the effluent needs to be treated. To remove the large amount of organic matter and nutrients this study proposed the use of a combined system composed by three biological reactors: anaerobic, aerobic and anoxic. The best removal efficiencies were 90% for COD and 50% for NH4+-N, what decreases large pollutant potential.
Keywords: Slaughterhouse; Biological treatment; Nutrients removal; Organic matter removal
Abbreviation: PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride; HRT: Hydraulic Retention Time; TP: Total Phosphorus; TKN: Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen; TS: Total Solids; TSS: Total Suspended Solids; VSS: Volatile Suspended Solids
The pollution of water has increased due the improper discharge of effluents. Therefore, the search for adequate and efficient treatments for effluents has become crucial for the society development The pollution of water has increased due the improper discharge of effluents. Therefore, the search for adequate and efficient treatments for effluents has become crucial for the society development  . Slaughterhouse wastewater is composed by high amount of organic matter, nitrogen, phosphate, oil, grease and suspended solids . This effluents with high concentration of nutrients need to go through treatment before being discharged into the water body, because nitrogen and phosphorus in excess causes eutrophication. Anaerobic processes are commonly used as a wastewater treatment to remove organic matter, but they are not efficient to remove nutrients. For this reason, to remove nitrogen and phosphorus is essential that the system also have an aerobic and anoxic reactor. This present investigation aimed to evaluate the combined system by an anaerobic, aerobic and anoxic reactors removal efficiency of organic matter, ammonium nitrogen and total phosphorus.
The upflow anaerobic reactor was made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tube with height of 0.31m (headspace of 0.06m) and diameter of 0.10m. Filled with polyurethane foam cubes (10-6 m3) and 30% (v/v) of anaerobic granular sludge. The volume of biogas produced by the anaerobic reactor was quantified by water displacement. The total and useful volumes were 2.6L and 1.4L, respectively. The aerobic reactor had a total height of 0.56m and diameter of 0.10m and a biomass decanter 0.15m from the bottom (height of 0.05m) in a cone shape. The total and useful volumes were 3.0L and 2.1L, respectively. The internal tube (0.06m of diameter) was filled with polyurethane foam cubes (10-6 m3) and 30% (v/v) of biomass. The internal tube was aerated with an aquarium aerator controlled by a timer. The upflow anoxic reactor had 0.10m of diameter, 0.20m of height (headspace of 0.10m). It was filled with cubes (10-6 m3) of polyurethane foam cubes and inoculated with 10% (v/v) of anaerobic granular sludge. Total and useful volumes were 0.70L and 0.45L, respectively.
The study was divided in 8 phases. It started with the anaerobic reactor operating alone, and then the aerobic reactor started in the fourth phase and the anoxic reactor started in the fifth. The Hydraulic Retention Time (HRT) and aeration time changed during the research, due to the great variety of the affluent characteristics and to achieve better conditions.
The influent presented, in average, 3749.43mg/L of Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), 140.87mg/L of
Ammonium Nitrogen (NH4+-N) and 7.65mg/L of Total Phosphorous (TP).
According to Standard Methods APHA  were determined pH, COD, TP, NH4+-N, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN), Total Solids (TS), Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Volatile Suspended Solids (VSS).
The results showed that the combined system removed more than 90% of the organic matter (Figure 1a). The NH4+-N concentration reduced from 140.87 mg/L to 70.18 mg/L (Figure 1b), but it is not enough to discharge in the water body. In anaerobic conditions, the microorganisms liberate phosphate, which explains the TP increase in anaerobic reactor. In the sequential reactors, the TP concentration decreased (Figure 1c).
Through the results, the combined system composed by anaerobic, aerobic and anoxic reactors can be used to remove organic matter, ammonium nitrogen and total phosphorus from a slaughterhouse wastewater. To have a better efficiency to remove nutrients is necessary to have more studies.
figure 1a:COD concentrations in the influent and anaerobic, aerobic and anoxic reactors
figure 1b:NH4+-N concentrations in the influent and anaerobic, aerobic, anoxic reactors
figure 1c:TP concentrations in the influent and anaerobic, aerobic and anoxic reactors.
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