This study evaluated the feasibility of using a silicon carbide (SiC) anaerobic ceramic membrane bioreactor (AnCMBR) to co-manage domestic wastewater (DWW) and food waste recycling wastewater (FRW). A pilot-scale SiC-AnCMBR was put into operation for 140 days under two different organic loading rates (OLRs): 5 kg COD m −3 d −1 (OLR 5) and 3 kg COD m −3 d −1 (OLR 3). The organic removal efficiency was 93.5 ± 3.7% over the operational period. Methane production increased significantly after sludge re-seeding at OLR 3. rDNA and rRNA microbial results showed that the active archaeal community was affected by sludge re-seeding, whereas the active bacterial community was not, indicating that a shift in the active archaeal community was responsible for the increased methane production. Our results thus suggest that SiC-AnCMBRs are a promising option for co-managing DWW and FRW.
- Anaerobic ceramic membrane bioreactor
- Domestic wastewater
- Food waste recycling wastewater
- rDNA sequencing
- rRNA sequencing
- Silicon carbide membrane