Main Pollutants and Environmental Impacts of the Tanning Industry

  • Mwinyikione Mwinyihija


The main contaminants and pollutants related to the sector are discussed in this chapter. Indeed the characterisation of all the samples (including tannery dust, effluents, sediments and riverine) was outlined at this juncture ­considering the ­specific but traditional tanning processes. The behaviour of the principal ­contaminants within various ecosystems were probed and discussed. Work by other scientist related to degradation of such ecosystems was also pursued in an effort of ­identifying the underlying toxicity potential to both the biotic and abiotic entities. In conclusion it was demonstrated that mostly all the stages of leather ­processing, individually and collectively impacts negatively to the environment. However the ­inherent hazards and analytical techniques are discussed at depth in the next chapter.


Diethylene Triamine Pentaacetic Acid Diethylene Triamine Pentaacetic Acid Tannery Wastewater Chromium Picolinate Chromium Salt 
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  1. 1.Leather Development CouncilNairobiKenya

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