Effect of the mixing ratio during co-treatment of landfill leachate and sewage with a combined stripping and reversed A2/O process

Xiao Lan Zeng, Wen Chuan Ding, Zhi Zhang, Peng Wan, Yang Deng, Shuangshuang Wang

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In this study, pilot-scale tests were conducted to evaluate the effect of volumetric mixing ratio of landfill leachate to sewage on the performance of the combined ammonia stripping and reversed anaerobic/anoxic/oxic (A2/O) process for co-treatment of landfill leachate and municipal sewage. Stripping, as pre-treatment, could significantly remove ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N) and total nitrogen (TN) by 55% and 52%, respectively. Moreover, chemical oxygen demand (COD) was slightly reduced by 6.8%, and little total phosphorus (TP) was removed. The subsequent reversed A2/O process appeared to be highly influenced by the volumetric mixing ratio of leachate to sewage. Typically, the effluent COD, NH3-N, TN and TP increased with the increasing ratio from 1:30 to 1:15, namely, the increasing fraction of leachate. Over the all tested mixing ratio range, the effluent COD and NH3-N were satisfied with the primary B standards of Chinese Discharge Standard of Pollutants for municipal waste water treatment plant (GB18918-2002). The standards different from the primary A standards for water reuse are used for discharge into the most surface water bodies in China. However, TN and TP would exceed the primary B standard levels at a mixing ratio of 1:15 or greater. These findings suggest that an appropriate volumetric mixing ratio should be carefully selected to ensure the performance of the reversed A2/O process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2668-2673
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Technology (United Kingdom)
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2015



  • ammonia stripping
  • landfill leachate
  • reversed A/O
  • sewage
  • volumetric mixing ratio

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