Electrodialytic extraction of Cu, Pb and Cl from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash suspended in water

Lisbeth M. Ottosen, Ana T. Lima, Anne J. Pedersen, Alexandra B. Ribeiro

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The possibility of using fly ash from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) in, for example, concrete is considered. MSWI fly ash, however, has too high a concentration of heavy metals, which may cause leaching problems during use or problems with waste handling at the end of the lifetime of the concrete. The Cl content in MSWI fly ash is also too high and will cause corrosion problems in reinforced concrete. The possibility of removing some of the unwanted heavy metals (Cu and Pb) together with Cl from an MSWI fly ash suspended in water using an electrodialytic separation method was investigated. The removal of Pb and Cu was found to be highly pH dependent and the highest contents removed were 41 and 90%, respectively. The Cu concentration of the ash decreased from 2200 to 860 mg kg-1 but the Pb concentration increased from 8560 to 16 800 mg kg-1, showing that Pb is mainly found in the ash fraction that is least soluble. Hence electrodialytic treatment of the ash suspended in water is not a solution to improve the ash quality in terms of Pb. The water-soluble Cl content per unit weight of the original ash was 12.4%. The removal of water-soluble Cl was efficient and >98% of Cl was removed (calculated on the basis of mean initial and final concentrations). This result indicates that electrodialytic extraction may be a method that can be used for the removal of Cl from ash prior to its utilization in concrete.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Chloride
  • Copper
  • Electrokinetics
  • Extraction
  • Lead
  • Municipal solid waste incineration fly ash


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