What are the options for disposal of old RO membranes?

Will Lawler, Greg Leslie and Pierre Le-Clech, UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science & Technology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Where do old desalination and water treatment membranes go to die? In Australia, as in many other countries, the option for membrane disposal is landfill, which due to the materials composing membrane modules is a very unsustainable practice.

A research project funded by the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination has been looking at alternatives.

This article first appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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