An Evaluation of Biological Treatment Methods Used in Olive Mill Wastewaters

Cuci, Yakup and Uysal, Yağmur and Deveci, Ece Ü and Çınar, Özer (2010) An Evaluation of Biological Treatment Methods Used in Olive Mill Wastewaters. In: 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Development, June 8-9 2010, Sarajevo.


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Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is produced seasonally by a large number of small olive mills scattered in Mediterranean countries. It has a high environmental impact because of the concentration of its pollutant content and the quantity of waste water produced. OMW contains high amounts of organic, inorganic and polyphenols. It affects the water and soil quality, is toxic to plant life, and create odor nuisance when disposed into the environment. The main problem regarding the disposal of OMW is to find an environmentally friendly and economically viable solution. Among the various techniques proposed, biological treatment appears to be convenient from the economic point of view. The biological treatment of OMW is quite difficult since it contains many complex substances, mostly when more easily degradable carbon source is present in the medium. Several biological treatment systems have been examined for the treatment of OMW, resulting in considerable organic load and toxicity abatement. The present work aims to provide an updated review of the current biological methods used in OMW treatment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Olive mill wastewater, OMW, biological treatment, aerobik systems, anaerobic systems
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 13:52
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2012 18:07

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