Removal of Organic Pollutants and Decolorization of Bleaching Effluents from Pulp and Paper Mill by Adsorption using Chemically Treated Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch Fibers

Mohd Shaiful Sajab, Chin Hua Chia, Sarani Zakaria, Mika Sillanpää


Treatment of bleaching effluents from pulp and paper mills using oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) fibers as an adsorbent was conducted to remove color and organic pollutants. Empty fruit bunch fibers were chemically modified with polyethylenimine to enhance the adsorption capacity toward anionic species in the effluents. Effluents from the primary clarifier and aerated treatment pond were treated, and the performance of the adsorbent was investigated in terms of decolorization, total organic carbon, and oxygen demand level. Increasing adsorbent dosage and lower pH resulted in greater adsorption performance. The highest decolorization and reduction of total organic carbon of the effluents were 95.0% and 58.2%, respectively. The adsorption equilibrium can be achieved after 4 h of the adsorption process.


Decolorization; Kinetics; Low cost adsorbent; Mill effluents; Organic pollutant

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