The modern alchemy or How to convert Municipal Solid Wastes(MSW) into biogas?

Trzcinski, A. P. and Stuckey, D. C. (2006) The modern alchemy or How to convert Municipal Solid Wastes(MSW) into biogas? In: 7th UK Meeting IWA UK Young Researchers Conference 2006 , 4-5 April 2006 , Bath, United Kingdom.


Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is a growing concern in the world and European authorities discourage municipalities to choose landfilling as their waste management strategy. The European landfill directive (99/31/EC) requires to reduce by 2010 biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 75% of that produced in 1995. In addition, the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 in the UK requires that waste collection authorities shall ensure that by the end of 2010, they collect at least two types of recyclable waste separate from the remainder of the waste. Anaerobic digestion and stabilization of MSW is an elegant solution to meet the more and more stringent regulations. A novel two-stage membrane reactor will be set up in order to provide the technical know-how to manufacturer for later scale-up of the process. So far, the biodegradability of a simulated MSW (mixture of paper waste (PW: 77.5 % dry weight basis), Kitchen waste (KW: 16.3 %d.w.) and garden waste (GW: 6.2%d.w.)) has been analysed using the Biochemical Methane Potential(BMP) method. The results are 39336, 1285, 17718 and 22825 ml dry CH4 STP/ g VS for KW, GW, PW and the mixture of MSW at 10% TS. This confirms not only the high biodegradability of KW but also that MSW is suitable for anaerobic degradation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation only.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 04:59
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP), two-stage anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AMBR)
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090409 Wastewater Treatment Processes
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management

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