Landfill Decomposition Rate
I wouuld like to know the rates of decomposition of
various materials in landfills. Thanks!
The sender is advised to
consult her local municipal solid waste authority or the one at the state
level. She can also contact an engineering consulting firm that deals with
landfill design, etc. (such as Montgomery Watson, O'Brien and Gere, Roy F.
Weston Co., CH2M-Hill, etc.) as well as BFI (Browning Ferris Industries) in
Houston-- the very large landfill and solid waste company. She can also try
the American Water Works Association, the Water Pollution Control
Federation, and the California Water Pollution Control Association. There
are other professional groups as well
The sender may wish to consult the following text for some ideas of
composting rates of some solid materials: Compost Engineering, Principles
and Practice by Roger Tim Haug, copyrighted in 1980 by Ann Arbor Science
Publishers, Inc. and published by Technomic Publishing Co., Inc. Lancaster,
PA (see Table 2.1). This text has an extensive references list at the back
of the book. Reference #207 is by Niese, G. "Experiments to Determine the
Degree of Decomposition of Refuse by Its Self-Heating Capability,"
International Research Group on Refuse Disposal Information Bulletin 17
(1963). Maybe this will help.
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