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Chemical pre-treatment and biological destruction of propylene carbonate waste streams effluent streams to reduce the biological oxygen demand thereof

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Disclosed is a method of treating a process stream from a process producing a non-biodegradable alkylene carbonate stream. The alkylene carbonate is hydrolyzed in a strong aqueous alkaline solution to form an aqueous alkaline solution of the corresponding alkylene glycol. This solution is then acidified to a pH of about 8 to 8.5. The acidified solution is aerated in activated sludge to reduce the biological oxugen demand (BOD) of the solution.

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