Product Quality and Environmental Impacts

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Composts derived from mechanically segregated MSW have several properties which may be of potential benefit for soil improvement and restoration or in growing media, as well as a pre-treatment prior to landfill. These are:

                       a limited (and slowly available) content of plant nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium and trace elements

                       stabilised organic matter

                       a liming effect

                       biological activity.

Not all of these benefits are suitable for all applications, see the Critical Review Section, End-uses.

However, composts derived from mechanically segregated MSW also may have several properties which might be deleterious for these

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