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Concepts for Environmentally Safe Soil Application of Stabilised Organic Waste

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ABSTRACT

As a matter of fact, in the past, many mixed municipal solid waste MSW composting plants in various Countries aimed at producing compost for use in farmlands. For instance, in France in 1998, 7% of MSW (1,9 million tonnes out of 26,5 million tonnes) was reportedly being composted in 77 sites for mixed MSW composting [7].


The strategy of producing compost from mixed MSW has rarely been successful, and marketing conditions have always shown to be difficult, to say the least. Farmers seldom have trusted mixed MSW compost to be used in farmland applications (with some exceptions in South Europe due to the need for soil improvers to restore fertility); furthermore, increased sensitivity on issues pertaining to safe production of commodities, and the subsequent tightening of standards for materials suitable for application onto farmlands are making the possible use of mixed MSW compost more and more difficult.

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