Composting of Food Waste and Effects of Additives
Ermiş, Dilşad Elif
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The present study examine the composting of food waste collected from canteens in two pilot scale reactors. The role of additives lime, zeolite and sawdust were also examined on the compost maturity. The studies were conducted with different combinations of real food waste and additives. It was observed that the role of additives were not significant with the food waste used. Due to specific problems related to food waste composting (high moisture and lipid content) the studies were also conducted with synthetically prepared food waste. The food waste was mixed with grass in order to provide a proper C/N ratio. The use of compost for the growth of plants was tested. In order to evaluate the quality of compost seed germination test was operated to examine the toxicity of compost. The results showed that the stable matured compost obtained was useful for the plant growth.