This article presents the application of non-hazardous waste molding sand from gray cast iron foundry as an inexpensive adsorbent for removal of Zn(II) and Cu(II) ions from aqueous solutions. The experiments were performed at room temperature using a multi solution (Zn + Cu) with concentration was 100 mg/l. The process of removal of Zn(II) and Cu(II) ions was monitored at different contact times of waste molding sand and metal ions. The experimental data were processed by two different kinetic theories. The pseudo-first-order and pseudo- second-order models were used for modeling the kinetic rates.
Obtained results show that the waste molding sand has significant potential for the removal of Zn(II) and Cu(II) ions from aqueous solutions. Research shows that the removal of Cu(II) ions was better than removal of Zn (II) ions. It is possible to conclude that the mutual competition of Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions for adsorption sites affect the intensity of their removal.