Feedstocks and Composition

Feedstocks and composition

MSW is one of many feedstocks that have been or are composted.  In fact the dominant compostable wastes are agricultural wastes (Bardos et al. 1991).

Composts have been produced from unprocessed MSW and from MSW that has been processed in some way to increase its relative content of biodegradable material, and/or render the refuse more quickly degradable (typically by wetting and/or size reduction). When these materials are used as the input source for a composting process they are often referred to as "feedstocks".

The aims of applying composting to MSW encompass one or more of the following: producing a “product” that can be put to some kind of use, reducing the mass of MSW, improving the qualities of the MSW for subsequent disposal or processing

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