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Main Title Biodegradative Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste in Laboratory-Scale Landfills.
Author Barlaz, M. A. ; Eleazer, W. E. ; Odle, W. S. ; Qian, X. ; Wang, Y. S. ;
CORP Author North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh. Dept. of Civil Engineering.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air Pollution Prevention and Control Div.;Waste Management, Inc., Oak Brook, IL.
Publisher Jul 97
Year Published 1997
Report Number EPA-R-818339; EPA/600/R-97/071;
Stock Number PB97-189674
Additional Subjects Municipal wastes ; Landfills ; Solid wastes ; Biodegradation ; Microorganisms ; Anaerobic processes ; Waste treatment ; Bioreactors ; Methane ; Cellulose ; Decomposition reactions ; Incubation ; Leachate ; Toxicity ; Lignin ; Analytical methods ; Lignification
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NTIS  PB97-189674 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 12/22/1997
Collation 478p
The report gives results of research to characterize the anaerobic biodegradability of the major biodegradable components of municipal solid waste (MSW). Measured methane (CH4) yields for grass, leaves, branches, food waste, coated paper, old newsprint, old corrugated containers, and office paper were 144.4, 30.6, 62.6, 300.7, 84.4, 74.3, 152,3, and 217.3 mL CH4/dry g, respectively. While there was a general trend of increasing CH4 yield with increasing cellulose plus hemicellulose (carbonhydrate) content, many confounding factors precluded establishment of a quantitative relationship. Similarly, the degree of lignification of a particular component was not a good predictor of the extent of biodegradation. In parallel with the decomposition experiments, leachate from the decomposition of each refuse constituent was analyzed for toxicity using a modified anaerobic toxicity assay. Leachate toxicity was not found in association with the decomposition of any refuse component other than food waste. However, substantial toxicity was measured in leachate from the food waste reactors. The toxicity was consistent with the behavior of the reactors but could not be simulated with high concentrations of carboxylic acids and sodium.