Product Quality and Environmental Impacts


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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