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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:11, November, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(11): 1493-1503

Anaerobic Treatment of Rubber Latex Processing Effluent for Energy Production and Pollution Abatement
A.S. Megha1*, P. Shaji James2 and Joejoe L. Bovas3
1KelappajiCollege of Agricultural Engineering & Technology (KCAET), Tavanur, Kerala,
2Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, India
3Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author

Rubber latex processing plants generally produce large quantity of effluents which contains high amount of degradable organic matter characterised by high BOD, COD and TS. The rubber latex processing effluent (RLPE) is often not properly treated in many rubber latex processing plants before discharged to land. This may affect the local environment resulting in adverse effects on public health. Hence adoption of a suitable and affordable technology for waste stabilization and energy generation is needed. In order to develop a suitable anaerobic bioreactor, the biomethanation characteristics should be known and hence such a study was taken up. Even though RLPE was acidic it was found that RLPE could be subjected to biomethanation using cow dung slurry as inoculum. Even at a lower RLPE: inoculum ratio, the system could be started up and yield appreciable levels of biogas coupled with – per cent TS reduction. The use of formic acid for latex coagulation is a better option as the effluent treatment process is trouble free and facilitates anaerobic digestion to produce methane rich biogas to be used to dry rubber sheets

Keywords: Rubber Latex Processing Effluent, Anaerobic Treatment

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Megha, A. S., P. Shaji James and Joejoe L. Bovas. 2020. Anaerobic Treatment of Rubber Latex Processing Effluent for Energy Production and Pollution Abatement.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(11): 1493-1503. doi:
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