27 Dec

Spain: New study says olive stones can be used to treat industrial waste

By M.P.

A scientist at Granada University has discovered that the stones of the olive could be used to decontaminate industrial waste.

Professor Germán Tenorio, who carried out the investigation, says the stones can remove heavy metal ions from contaminated waste water by a process of bio absorption, due to their ability to attract and retain ions on their surface.

He said in a press release on Tuesday that his discovery could not only be a new alternative to much more complex and expensive systems currently in use, but could also solve finding a use for this by-product of olive oil production.

The olive stones, he said, are ‘clean and cheap, and are available in large quantities’ in Andalucía.

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