Change in re-use value of incinerated sewage sludge ash due to chemical extraction of phosphorus

Jiang shan Li, Zhen Chen, Qi ming Wang, Le Fang, Qiang Xue, C. R. Cheeseman, Shane Donatello, Lei Liu, Chi Sun Poon

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The potential of six different extractants to recover phosphorus (P) from incinerated sewage sludge ash (ISSA) was evaluated. Secondary effects such as the co-dissolution of Zn and Cu were also considered. The residual ISSA from each study was assessed in particular detail, focusing on the leachability of remaining Zn and Cu, major element composition, crystalline phases and overall degree of crystallinity and particle size distribution. The residual ISSA was also evaluated as a pozzolanic material using a Strength Activity Index (SAI) test with mortars containing Portland cement with a 20% substitution by ISSA. All results were compared to tests with untreated ISSA. Overall, the use of 3 of the 6 extractants could be ruled out due to poor P recovery potential and/or a serious compromise of the potential reuse of residual ISSA in Portland cement-based materials. The results highlight the added value of considering the potential reuse of residual ISSA when trying to optimize P recovery from ISSA by wet methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-412
Number of pages9
JournalWaste Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Characterization
  • Chemical extraction
  • Heavy metals
  • Incinerated sewage sludge ash
  • Phosphorus
  • Pozzolanic activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal


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