Chromium metal is found in industrial wastewater at a much higher concentration than the prescribed limit set by different regulatory authorities. Since chromium(VI) is very toxic and carcinogenic, it requires removal at source, that is, before its discharge to the water bodies. The present study is carried out for removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution by using locally available rubber leaf as a low-cost adsorbent in batch and continuous column mode. The effects of pH, adsorbent dose, contact time, initial metal ion concentration, and temperature on removal of Cr(VI) were studied in batch process. Different kinetic and isotherm models were examined and the model parameters were determined. The column studies were conducted to investigate the effects of flow rate, bed height, and initial metal ion concentration on removal efficiencies. The experimental data reflects reasonably with Thomas and Yoon–Nelson models in continuous mode. © 2015 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.