Biodegradable municipal solid waste: biotreatment options

Banks, C.J. and Stentiford, E.I. (2007) Biodegradable municipal solid waste: biotreatment options. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management, 160, (1), 11-18. (doi:10.1680/warm.2007.160.1.11).


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The context under which the UK Government plans to divert biodegradable municipal solid waste from landfill described and the role that bioprocessing may play is presented. The concepts developed from different types anaerobic processes and the differing possible process configurations are considered. The most commonly used options are then appraised on the basis of technical engineering operation and microbiological functionality. Some practical examples of system types are given, although these are not based on case studies. The long history of waste composting (aerobic bioprocessing) has meant that there are a large number of process systems on offer. The fundamentals behind the different types of process are considered, focusing on their overall aim of achieving sanitisation and stabilisation. The interrelationships between the key factors of particle size, aeration, nutrients and moisture content are considered together with how each of the generic systems seeks to manage them.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1680/warm.2007.160.1.11
Additional Information: Banks C. J., Stentiford E.I., (2007). "Biodegradable municipal solid waste: options for aerobic and anaerobic treatment." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management
ISSNs: 1747-6526 (print)
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Keywords: environment, recycling of materials, waste management & disposal
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53150
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
February 2007Published
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:31

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