Abbatoir Wastewater Treatment

  • Meat production wastewater treatment solutions
  • Bespoke treatment plants for slaughterhouse wastewater
  • New installations and upgrade of existing systems
  • Low footprint modular solutions
  • Market leading¬†effluent standards
  • Advanced treatment processes and technologies
  • Low maintenance operation
  • Low energy use
  • Competitive pricing
  • Contact us for information, advice or a free quotation/design proposal


Abbatoir Wastewater Treatment Systems

The characteristics of abbatoir wastewater depend on the livestock processed and the size of the meat factory. Whether poultry beef or lamb, slaughterhouse wastewater is highly polluted. Typically it contains high levels of FOGs, biological waste (blood) and suspended solids. The volume of wastewater is often high as the processing of livestock requires high volumes of wash water. Due to the typically elevated concentrations of BOD and COD, multiple treatment steps may be required to bring the slaughterhouse wastewater down to acceptable emission limit values. Our wastewater solutions for abbatoirs and slaughterhouses guarantee full compliance with the license conditions set out by the EA and EPA. We provide multiple configurations to suit space requirements even where there may be site restrictions or limitations.

Abbatoir Wastewater Treatment Requirements

As there can be significant levels of heavy solids in slaughterhouse wastewater, pre-treatment or screening is an important first step. In order to adjust the pH and to separate dissolved pollutants, physical and chemical steps are required after pre-treatment. In many instances these three steps would be sufficient to allow discharge of treated abbatoir effluent to public sewerage. However, where more stringent effluent standards are in place, further biological treatment steps are often necessary. Where a slaughterhouse wastewater treatment plant is having compliance issues with regard to parameters such as COD, BOD, TSS or Ammonia, we can optimise or upgrade existing plants to achieve compliance with discharge license effluent standards.

SBR Treatment for Meat Plant Wastewater

Among the various biological treatment processes, sequencing batch reactor (SBR) is considered to be an improved version of activated sludge process, which operates in fill and draw mode for biological treatment of wastewater. Sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) are advocated as one of the best available techniques (BATs) for slaughterhouse wastewater treatment because they are capable of removing organic carbon, nutrients, and suspended solids from wastewater in a single tank and also have low capital and operational costs. The major differences between SBR and conventional continuous-flow, activated sludge system is that the SBR tank carries out the functions of equalization, aeration, and sedimentation in a time sequence rather than in the conventional space sequence of continuous-flow systems. An SBR operates in a pseudobatch mode with aeration and sludge settlement both occurring in the same tank. SBRs are operated in fill-react-settle-draw-idle period sequences.[1]

Why Choose Biocell Water for Slaughterhouse Wastewater Treatment?

Biocell Water has extensive experience providing bespoke commercial wastewater treatment plants for the meat production industry. Our wastewater treatment system will accommodate high volumes of wastewater flow and effectively treat highly concentrated wastewater containing FOGs [fats, oils and grease], wash water and biological pollutants typically processed at an abbatoir. Our expert team of engineers design each treatment system to the exact treatment requirements of the project in order to meet the requirements of a discharge license. In addition, our commercial solutions include;

  • 60% less power consumption than competing systems
  • Modular design for quick and easy expansion
  • Low footprint
  • Low maintenance operation

Abbatoir Wastewater Treatment Plant Pricing

Please get in touch to speak with a member of the technical sales team. Once we know your site specifications and treatment requirements we can provide a no obligation quotation. If you have any questions relating to wastewater treatment for an abbatoir or require a design proposal we would be happy to help.  If installing an entirely new system is not an option for your project, we can simply retrofit Biocell SBR equipment within an existing septic tank or treatment plant. This offers a simple way of upgrading an existing wastewater treatment system at a meat factory to full functionality. We look forward to hearing from you.

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