Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 2447–2454 | Cite as

Organic matter and pollutants monitoring in reed bed systems for sludge stabilization: a case study

  • Eleonora PeruzziEmail author
  • Cristina Macci
  • Serena Doni
  • Maurizio Volpi
  • Grazia Masciandaro
Wetland Systems: Ecology, Functions and Management


In this study, results about sludge stabilization and pollutant monitoring in a reed bed system (RBSs) situated in Central Italy (Colle di Compito, 4,000 p.e.) were presented. In order to evaluate the process of sludge stabilization, parameters that highlighted the biochemical, chemical and chemico-structural properties of organic sludge matter have been followed during the entire period of operation (7 years). Moreover, the trend of heavy metals (bioavailable fractions and total content) and toxic organic compounds (LAS, NPE and DEHP) was monitored during all the period. The trend of all parameters related clearly demonstrated that sludge stabilization successfully proceeded in RBS. Moreover, through statistical analysis modelling, it is possible to determine how the stabilization process proceeded in terms of organic matter mineralization and humification, and how these processes influenced the content of pollutant compounds present in the stabilized sludges.


Pyrolysis Heavy metal fractionation Mineralization Humification Toxic organic compounds Sludge treatment wetland 



This work was supported by ACQUE S.p.A. (Pisa, Italy).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleonora Peruzzi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cristina Macci
    • 1
  • Serena Doni
    • 1
  • Maurizio Volpi
    • 2
  • Grazia Masciandaro
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Council - Institute of Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE)PisaItaly
  2. 2.ACQUE SPAPisaItaly

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