Nitrogen removal from landfill leachate using the SBR technology

Hèctor Monclús, Sebastià Puig, Marta Coma, Agusti Bosch, M. Dolors Balaguer, Jesús Colprim

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Landfill leachate is a concern in the wastewater field due to its toxicity, high ammonium and low biodegradable organic matter concentrations. The aim of this paper is to study the reliability of landfill leachate treatment using Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology for biological nitrogen removal. During the study the SBR pilot plant treated successfully 0.48 kg N·m-3 d-1 of urban landfill leachate. Furthermore, high nitrogen removal efficiencies (80%, on average) have been achieved by the operational conditions applied (step-feed strategy and alternating anoxic-aerobic conditions).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Alkalinity
  • Landfill leachate
  • Methanol
  • SBR technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Water Science and Technology


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