Determination of carbon/nitrogen ratio and heavy metals in bulking agents used for sewage composting

Alidadi, H. and Najafpoor, A. A. and Parvaresh, A. (2007) Determination of carbon/nitrogen ratio and heavy metals in bulking agents used for sewage composting. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10 (22). pp. 4180-4182.

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Improving the soil quality with organic matter and N, P and K contents are some of sewage sludge benefits. Adjusting carbonaceous materials such as plant wastes to dewatered sludge compost results in increasing the moisture content and improving C/N ratio. This study was conduced for three months in 2005, in Laboratory of Chemistry of Water and Wastewater in the School of Public Health of Isfahan University of Medical Science, to determine the C/N ratio and heavy metals concentration of bulking agents in sawdust, leaves, rice hulls and dewatered sewage sludge. Dewatered sludge was collected from Isfahan sewage treatment plant. Sawdust was collected from sawmills. Leaves were collected from municipality of Isfahan and rice hull from rice mills, then in samples determined C/N ratio and heavy metal according to standard methods. The results showed that concentrations of chromium and cadmium in the mixture of dewatered sewage sludge and bulking agents were lower them those of the standard level. Means of cobalt (115.44 mg kg-1), nickel (57.44 mg kg-1) and zinc (273.48 mg kg-1) concentrations were maximum in dewatered sludge but mean concentration of cobalt (25.66 mg kg-1) in rice hull samples and mean zinc (8.99 mg kg-1) and nickel (5.106 mg kg -1) concentrations in sawdust samples were minimum. The optimal conditions sewage sludge composting, each kilogram of sludge needs 350 g of saw dust, 470 g of leaves and 388 g of rice hull. Amount of heavy metals present in the bulking agents is lower than the amount mentioned for the compost. © 2007 Asian Network for Scientific Information.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :2 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Alidadi, H.; Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bulking agents C/N ratio Dewatered sludge Heavy metals
Subjects: WA Public Health
QU Biochemistry
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib7 lib7
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 04:28
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 04:28

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