A Technical and Practical Study of Composting as a Solid Waste Management Alternative for the Air Force
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This thesis reviews composting as a solid waste management option for the Air Force. The Air Forces Pollution Prevention Program Mandates composting as an opportunity to reduce landfill disposal and save future environmental costs. This research considers composting technologies used in mixed municipal solid waste and yard waste applications. The thesis presents technical aspects of composting and also summarizes operational techniques of successful composting sites across the United States. Composting is a biological process for converting organic waste into a stable product for use as a soil amendment or mulch. The Air Force should immediately begin yard waste composting programs to avoid landfill costs and to produce a natural, unable end product. This thesis is not meant to be inclusive of all information required to begin a composting program, but provide insight into the decision making process and the criteria that are important to the success of composting yard waste. Included is an outline for starting a composting programs and a step by step discussion to implement low-level technology composting. Recommendations provided by this research are applicable to all Air Force bases and offer a high probability of success for attaining the Air Forces solid waste reduction goals.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control