Conclusions

An approach to recycled waste re-use for environmental applications was developed under the framework of a NATO Science for Peace project (SfP

977984). Using this approach, inexpensive and high-quality activated carbons from co-mingled liquid/solid organic waste can be obtained. The properties of the novel materials are comparable to those of the best commercially available activated carbons (surface area of 600-900 m2/g, total pore volume of 0.32-0.56 cm3/g).

The use of the activated carbon from co-mingled waste as an adsorbent for heavy metals offers an attractive approach to simultaneous heavy metal removal from multicomponent aqueous solutions under practical conditions. Within this context, natural organic waste conversion into porous materials with environmentally-friendly applications is a technological alternative to their disposal.

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