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Main Title Cellulose Degradation in Composting.
Author Rega, Raymond ; Jeri, John S. ; Gasse, Robert ; McCan, Kevin ; Hude, Joseph ;
CORP Author Manhattan Coll., Bronz, N.Y. Dept. of Civil Engineering.
Year Published 1973
Report Number EP-00161; R3-73-029;
Stock Number PB-215 722
Additional Subjects ( Waste disposal ; Composts) ; ( Cellulose ; Biodeterioration) ; ( Composts ; Cellulose) ; Microbiology ; Design criteria ; Performance evaluation ; Refuse disposal ; Oxygen ; Nutrients ; Temperature ; Solid waste disposal ; Oxygen requirements ; Nutrient requirements
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-215 722 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 153p
The purpose of the research investigation was to determine the optimum environmental conditions for the degradation of refuse using the composting process. Shake flasks and Warburg studies were used to scan wide ranges of environmental parameters to locate optimum conditions for continuous studies in three bench scale composters of 1.5 cubic feet capacity each. Close control of the following parameters was maintained: temperature, air, moisture, pH, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Temperature and residual oxygen were monitored electronically while other analyses were performed periodically. Optimum values of various environmental parameters are given. Free air space is suggested as a universal parameter for composting solid wastes from various sources. The use of recycle especially under winter conditions, is recommended. Due to its resistance to biological degradation, cellulose, a major component of paper, should be recovered rather than composted. (Author)