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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 12, No. 5, 2015, pp. 1657-1668
Bioline Code: st15154
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 5, 2015, pp. 1657-1668

 en Removal of heavy metals and arsenic from aqueous solution using textile wastes from denim industry
Mendoza-Castillo, D.I.; Rojas-Mayorga, C.K.; García-Martínez, I.P.; Pérez-Cruz, M.A.; Hernández-Montoya, V.; Bonilla-Petriciolet, A. & Montes-Morán, M.A.


In this study, the denim fiber scraps were reused as an alternative low-cost sorbent for the removal of heavy metals Pb2+, Cd2+, Zn2+ and arsenic from aqueous solutions. Results showed that this textile waste was an effective sorbent for the removal of these heavy metal ions and offered a better removal performance than those reported for other synthetic and natural sorbents such as activated carbons and zeolites. On the other hand, raw and metal-loaded denim wastes were also useful for the removal of arsenic (V) from aqueous solutions and their sorption capacities were higher than 1.5 mg/g. In particular, the presence of Pb2+ ions on the surface of denim wastes improved significantly its arsenic (V) sorption performance. In summary, the reuse of denim textile wastes in wastewater treatment can be considered as an eco-friendly application that could be useful for waste management and also for reducing the production costs in this important industrial sector.

Water pollutants; Denim fiber scraps; Sorption; Waste management

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