Recovery strategies of inhibition for mesophilic anaerobic sludge treating the de-oiled grease trap waste

Li Jie Wu, Takuro Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Kuramochi, Yu You Li, Kai Qin Xu

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De-oiled grease trap waste (GTW) could be a feasible substrate for anaerobic digestion. However, due to high concentration of lipid, the long-chain fatty acid (LCFA), as an intermediate in the anaerobic lipid degradation, easily inhibits the anaerobic digestion, resulting in long recovery period. Four recovery strategies: bentonite addition, water dilution, mixing with low LCFA substrate and mixing with inocula, with control test as comparison, were employed in order to accelerate the recovery process of mesophilic anaerobic sludge. Adding bentonite, water dilution with 80% mixing ratio and mixing with active inocula achieved shortening of the recovery process. The whole recovery time took approximately 3.5 months for the control test, as calculated from the beginning to the end of the lag time after de-oiled GTW was re-added as F/I ratio of 0.4. At least 10gl-1 of bentonite addition was necessary for the fast recovery of the inhibited sludge, with the whole recovery time one month shorter than the control test. 1.5 months could be saved for the whole recovery process when the strategy of water dilution with 80% mixing ratio was considered. The more inocula were mixed with the inhibited sludge, the more the recovery period was lessened. For the strategy of mixing with inocula with the mixing ratio 80%, only 20 days were needed for the whole recovery process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-323
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1


  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Grease trap waste (GTW)
  • Inhibition
  • Long-chain fatty acid (LCFA)
  • Mesophilic
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Biomaterials
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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