In this study, Fenton, UV/Fenton; UV/H2O2, UV/Fe2+ advanced oxidation processes have been applied for degradation of aldrin adsorbed on Na-mommorillonitte and activated carbon. Aldrin adsorbed on Na-montmorillonitte was degraded more efficiently than that of on activated carbon. For example, in UV/Fenton technique 95% of aldrin was removed from Na-montmorillonitte While 50% degradation was observed on activated carbon. Degradation of aldrin adsorbed on Na-montmorillonitte has also been achieved effectively using UV/Fe2+ technique despite the absence of H2O2. All AOPs but Fenton have been observed nearly equally effective for degradation of aldrin on Na-montmorillonitte sorbent. Fenton reaction exhibited least activity in degradation aldrin adsorbed on Na-montmorillonitte. The experiments with activated carbon sorbent indicated that phenyl groups in activated carbon structure and aldrin molecules exhibited competitive behavior on reaction with OH. radicals. The results of infrared spectroscopy support this assumption. The degradation efficiency of aldrin using activated carbon sorbent was determined in the following order: UV/Fenton > UV/H2O2 > Fenton > UV/Fe2+. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.