Improving the wastewater management for a beverage industry with in-plant control

OKTAY S., Iskender G., Babuna F. F., KUTLUAY G., ORHON D.

DESALINATION, vol.211, pp.138-143, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 211
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.desal.2006.02.088
  • Journal Name: DESALINATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-143
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study wastewater management options were investigated in terms of sustainability for an industry manufacturing 300 tons of energy drinks daily. A two stage management approach covering both in-plant control and end-of-pipe treatment was adopted for the industry under examination. The characterization of segregated wastewater streams was evaluated in a way to define the pollution profile and possible reuse alternatives. When reuse practices were not employed a wastewater having an organic content of 33,000 mg/l of COD must be treated. Whereas if wastewaters originating from filter cleaning operations were segregated from other wastewater sources and passed through a suitable system such as a membrane process, a valuable sugar by-product can be obtained and the rest of the wastewaters did not require any type of treatment to meet the discharge standards as they contain only 250 mg/l of COD. It was recommended to run a feasibility study to assess whether these effluents can be reused after treated with a membrane system.