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Microbiology of Solid Waste

1st Edition

By Anna C. Palmisano, Morton A. Barlaz

CRC Press

240 pages

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Hardback: 9780849383618
pub: 1996-08-16
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Interest in solid waste disposal has been growing since the early 1960s, when researchers emphasized the potential for solid waste to harbor pathogenic microorganisms. Since then, society has become more interested in the environmental impacts of solid waste treatment and disposal, and how biological processes are used to minimize these impacts. This new text provides a basic understanding of the unique microbial ecosystems associated with the decomposition of municipal solid waste (MSW). It addresses the challenges of sampling and assaying microbial activities in MSW and describes preferred methods. The decomposition of MSW under anaerobic conditions in landfills and digestors is described, as well as under aerobioconditions during composting.

The Microbiology of Solid Wastes discusses the need to consider MSW as an integrated system of collection, recycling, treatment, and disposal. A better understanding of solid waste microbiology will contribute to safe and economical solid waste management. Microbiologists, environmental engineers, and solid waste managers will all find this a useful reference.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Solid Waste Decomposition, A.C. Palmisano and M.A. Barlaz

Microbiology of Solid Waste Landfills, M.A. Barlaz

Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Solid Wastes, D.P. Chynoweth and P. Pullammanappallil

Composting of Municipal Solid Waste and Its Components, F.C. Miller

Microbial Pathogens in Municipal Solid Waste, C.P. Gerba

Testing the Biodegradability of Synthetic Polymeric Materials in Solid Waste, C.A. Pettigrew and B.N. Johnson


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General