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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228359/influence-of-process-parameters-on-the-extraction-of-soluble-substances-from-ofmsw-and-methane-production
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Rosalinda Campuzano, Simón González-Martínez
Microorganisms involved in anaerobic digestion require dissolved substrates to transport them through the cell wall to different processing units and finally to be disposed as waste, such as methane and carbon dioxide. In order to increase methane production, this work proposes to separate the soluble substances from OFMSW and analyse methane production from extracts and OFMSW. Using water as solvent, four extraction parameters were proposed: (1) Number of consecutive extractions, (2) Duration of mixing for every consecutive extraction, (3) OFMSW to water mass ratios 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 and, (4) The influence of temperature on the extraction process...
February 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
#2
Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214122/anaerobic-co-digestion-of-recalcitrant-agricultural-wastes-characterizing-of-biochemical-parameters-of-digestate-and-its-impacts-on-soil-ecosystem
#3
Adele Muscolo, Giovanna Settineri, Teresa Papalia, Emilio Attinà, Carmelo Basile, Maria Rosaria Panuccio
Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic wastes is a promising alternative to landfilling for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) and it is encouraged by current regulation in Europe. Biogas-AD produced, represents a useful source of green energy, while its by-product (digestate) is a waste, that needs to be safely disposal. The sustainability of anaerobic digestion plants partly depends on the management of their digestion residues. This study has been focused on the environmental and economic benefits of co-digest recalcitrant agricultural wastes such olive wastes and citrus pulp, in combination with livestock wastes, straw and cheese whey for biogas production...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213731/fungi-based-treatment-of-brewery-wastewater-biomass-production-and-nutrient-reduction
#4
M Hultberg, H Bodin
The beer-brewing process produces high amounts of nutrient-rich wastewater, and the increasing number of microbreweries worldwide has created a need for innovative solutions to deal with this waste. In the present study, fungal biomass production and the removal of organic carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen from synthetic brewery wastewater were studied. Different filamentous fungi with a record of safe use were screened for growth, and Trametes versicolor, Pleurotus ostreatus and Trichoderma harzianum were selected for further work...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207856/biodiesel-production-potential-from-fat-fraction-of-municipal-waste-in-makkah
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K Shahzad, A S Nizami, M Sagir, M Rehan, S Maier, M Z Khan, O K M Ouda, I M I Ismail, A O BaFail
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), millions of Muslims come to perform Pilgrimage every year. Around one million ton of municipal solid waste (MSW) is generated in Makkah city annually. The collected MSW is disposed of in the landfills without any treatment or energy recovery. As a result, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contamination of the soil and water bodies along with leachate and odors are occurring in waste disposal vicinities. The composition of MSW shows that food waste is the largest waste stream (up to 51%) of the total generated MSW...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207338/nutritional-economic-and-environmental-costs-of-milk-waste-in-a-classroom-school-breakfast-program
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Stacy A Blondin, Sean B Cash, Jeanne P Goldberg, Timothy S Griffin, Christina D Economos
OBJECTIVES: To measure fluid milk waste in a US School Breakfast in the Classroom Program and estimate its nutritional, economic, and environmental effects. METHODS: Fluid milk waste was directly measured on 60 elementary school classroom days in a medium-sized, urban district. The US Department of Agriculture nutrition database, district cost data, and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions and water footprint estimates for fluid milk were used to calculate the associated nutritional, economic, and environmental costs...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183027/effect-of-biochars-produced-from-solid-organic-municipal-waste-on-soil-quality-parameters
#7
P Randolph, R R Bansode, O A Hassan, Dj Rehrah, R Ravella, M R Reddy, D W Watts, J M Novak, M Ahmedna
New value-added uses for solid municipal waste are needed for environmental and economic sustainability. Fortunately, value-added biochars can be produced from mixed solid waste, thereby addressing solid waste management issues, and enabling long-term carbon sequestration. We hypothesize that soil deficiencies can be remedied by the application of municipal waste-based biochars. Select municipal organic wastes (newspaper, cardboard, woodchips and landscaping residues) individually or in a 25% blend of all four waste streams were used as feedstocks of biochars...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177400/can-organic-materials-reduce-excess-nutrient-leaching-from-manure-rich-paddock-soils
#8
Mohammed Masud Parvage, Barbro Ulén, Holger Kirchmann
Horse paddocks have been identified as a significant contributor of animal waste nutrients to natural waters; thus, modified paddock management is needed. Because chemical amendments pose a health risk to horses, an alternative for reducing nutrient translocation from manure is to add available organic residues to the soil. To examine the feasibility of outdoor use of organic materials to reduce nutrient losses from paddock soils, three commonly available organic materials (peat, wheat straw, and wood chips) were tested for their nutrient retention capacities in batch experiments followed by leaching experiments in an in-house lysimeter station using artificial rainfall...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131981/interaction-of-the-water-soluble-fraction-of-msw-composts-with-pb-ii-and-cu-ii-ions
#9
Paola Castaldi, Daniela Demurtas, Margherita Silvetti, Salvatore Deiana, Giovanni Garau
In this study we report on the interactions between the water-soluble fraction (WSF) of two municipal solid waste composts (C1- and C2-WSF) with Pb(II) and Cu(II) ions at pH 4.5. The Me(II) addition to the compost-WSFs led to the formation of soluble Me(II)-organic complexes (as highlighted by FT-IR spectroscopy), and to a decrease of the trace metals' solubility, which was greater for Pb(II) than Cu(II). This was due to the formation of insoluble Me(II) complexes involving the water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) and the inorganic anions within both WSFs [1...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130988/single-and-multi-component-adsorption-of-psychiatric-pharmaceuticals-onto-alternative-and-commercial-carbons
#10
Vânia Calisto, Guilaine Jaria, Carla Patrícia Silva, Catarina I A Ferreira, Marta Otero, Valdemar I Esteves
This work describes the adsorptive removal of three widely consumed psychiatric pharmaceuticals (carbamazepine, paroxetine and oxazepam) from ultrapure water. Two different adsorbents were used: a commercial activated carbon and a non-activated waste-based carbon (PS800-150-HCl), produced by pyrolysis of primary paper mill sludge. These adsorbents were used in single, binary and ternary batch experiments in order to determine the adsorption kinetics and equilibrium isotherms of the considered pharmaceuticals...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128932/high-thermoelectric-power-factor-organic-thin-films-through-combination-of-nanotube-multilayer-assembly-and-electrochemical-polymerization
#11
Mario Culebras, Chungyeon Cho, Michelle Krecker, Ryan Smith, Yixuan Song, Clara M Gómez, Andrés Cantarero, Jaime C Grunlan
In an effort to produce effective thermoelectric nanocomposites with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), layer-by-layer assembly was combined with electrochemical polymerization to create synergy that would produce a high power factor. Nanolayers of MWCNT stabilized with poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) or sodium deoxycholate were alternately deposited from water. Poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) [PEDOT] was then synthesized electrochemically by using this MWCNT-based multilayer thin film as the working electrode...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120203/hair-from-different-ethnic-groups-vary-in-elemental-composition-and-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-mineralisation-in-soil
#12
N M Malepfane, P Muchaonyerwa
Disposal of hair wastes at landfills causes nitrate leaching to ground water, and use of the waste as fertiliser could be a viable option. This study was to determine elemental composition of major hair types in South Africa and their nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) release in soil. Wastes of African, White and Indian hair were obtained from local salons and analysed for carbon (C), N and sulphur (S) with the Leco CNS analyzer, and P, bases, aluminium (Al) and micronutrients, with the ICP. We also conducted an incubation study to determine changes in mineral N and P in soil...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112831/carbon-based-functional-materials-derived-from-waste-for-water-remediation-and-energy-storage
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Qinglang Ma, Yifu Yu, Melinda Sindoro, Anthony G Fane, Rong Wang, Hua Zhang
Carbon-based functional materials hold the key for solving global challenges in the areas of water scarcity and the energy crisis. Although carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene have shown promising results in various fields of application, their high preparation cost and low production yield still dramatically hinder their wide practical applications. Therefore, there is an urgent call for preparing carbon-based functional materials from low-cost, abundant, and sustainable sources. Recent innovative strategies have been developed to convert various waste materials into valuable carbon-based functional materials...
January 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112087/tackling-the-climate-targets-set-by-the-paris-agreement-cop-21-green-leadership-empowers-public-hospitals-to-overcome-obstacles-and-challenges-in-a-resource-constrained-environment
#14
E Weimann, B Patel
The healthcare sector itself contributes to climate change, the creation of hazardous waste, use of toxic metals such as mercury, and water and air pollution. To mitigate the effect of healthcare provision on the deteriorating environment and avoid creating further challenges for already burdened health systems, Global Green Hospitals was formed as a global network. Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), as the leading academic hospital in Africa, joined the network in 2014. Since then, several projects have been initiated to reduce the amount of general waste, energy consumption and food waste, and create an environmentally friendlier and more sustainable hospital in a resource-constrained public healthcare setting...
December 21, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110257/acidification-with-nitric-acid-improves-chemical-characteristics-and-reduces-phytotoxicity-of-alkaline-chars
#15
Fernando Fornes, Rosa Maria Belda
Charred organic matter is recently receiving attention for its potential use as soilless growth medium. However, depending on its origin and on the manufacturing technology, it can result toxic for plants. This fact implies that a detoxifying treatment ought to be devised in order to reclaim char in this way. We have studied three materials which combine these factors: two pyrolyzed biochars, one from forest waste (BCH-FW) and another from olive mill waste (BCH-OMW), and one hydrothermally carbonized hydrochar from forest waste (HYD-FW)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110017/remediation-efficiency-of-three-treatments-on-water-polluted-with-endocrine-disruptors-assessment-by-means-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-techniques
#16
Juliana Polloni-Silva, Ana Valdehita, Renata Fracácio, José M Navas
Chemical substances with potential to disrupt endocrine systems have been detected in aquatic environments worldwide, making necessary the investigation about water treatments able to inhibit such potential. The present work aimed to assess the efficiency for removing endocrine disruptors (with estrogenic and androgenic activity) of three simple and inexpensive substrates that could be potentially used in sectors or regions with limited resources: powdered activated carbon (PAC), powdered natural zeolite (ZEO) (both at a concentration of 500 mg L(-1)) and natural aquatic humic substances (AHS) (at 30 mg L(-1))...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103491/chemically-activated-carbon-from-lignocellulosic-wastes-for-heavy-metal-wastewater-remediation-effect-of-activation-conditions
#17
Arunima Nayak, Brij Bhushan, Vartika Gupta, P Sharma
Chemical activation is known to induce specific surface features of porosity and functionality which play a definite role in enhancing the adsorptive potential of the developed activated carbons. Different conditions of temperature, time, reagent type and impregnation ratio were applied on sawdust precursor and their effect on the physical, surface chemical features and finally on the adsorption potential of the developed activated carbons were analysed. Under activation conditions of 600°C, 1hr, 1:0.5 ratio, ZnCl2 impregnated carbon (CASD_ZnCl2) resulted in microporosity while KOH impregnation (CASD_KOH) yielded a carbon having a wider pore size distribution...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092003/validated-electrochemical-and-chromatographic-quantifications-of-some-antibiotic-residues-in-pharmaceutical-industrial-waste-water
#18
Heba K Ibrahim, Mona M Abdel-Moety, Sherif A Abdel-Gawad, Medhat A Al-Ghobashy, Mohamed Abdel Kawy
Realistic implementation of ion selective electrodes (ISEs) into environmental monitoring programs has always been a challenging task. This could be largely attributed to difficulties in validation of ISE assay results. In this study, the electrochemical response of amoxicillin trihydrate (AMX), ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CPLX), trimethoprim (TMP), and norfloxacin (NFLX) was studied by the fabrication of sensitive membrane electrodes belonging to two types of ISEs, which are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane electrodes and glassy carbon (GC) electrodes...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089203/carbon-footprint-and-energy-use-of-food-waste-management-options-for-fresh-fruit-and-vegetables-from-supermarkets
#19
Mattias Eriksson, Johanna Spångberg
Food waste is a problem with economic, environmental and social implications, making it both important and complex. Previous studies have addressed food waste management options at the less prioritised end of the waste hierarchy, but information on more prioritised levels is also needed when selecting the best available waste management options. Investigating the global warming potential and primary energy use of different waste management options offers a limited perspective, but is still important for validating impacts from the waste hierarchy in a local context...
January 11, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078392/carbon-footprint-assessment-of-western-australian-groundwater-recycling-scheme
#20
Andrew Simms, Stacey Hamilton, Wahidul K Biswas
This research has determined the carbon footprint or the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) of potable water production from a groundwater recycling scheme, consisting of the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant, the Beenyup groundwater replenishment trial plant and the Wanneroo groundwater treatment plant in Western Australia, using a life cycle assessment approach. It was found that the scheme produces 1300 tonnes of CO2 eq per gigalitre (GL) of water produced, which is 933 tonnes of CO2 eq higher than the desalination plant at Binningup in Western Australia powered by 100% renewable energy generated electricity...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Management
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