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- Automated composting facility for biodegradability evaluations
- Jayasekara, Ranjith; Lonergan, Greg T.; Harding, Ian; Bowater, Ian; Christie, Gregor B. Y.; Halley, Pete
- A system has been developed for studying the biodegradation of natural and synthetic polymeric material. The system is based on standard methods ISO/DIS 14855 developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). This protocol is based on the American Society of Testing Materials, 'ASTM Standard Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic materials under Controlled Composting Conditions' (ASTM D 5338-92). A new low cost compost facility, based on these methods, has been used. The facility has been automated for data collection and has been run at 52 °C under optimum conditions of moisture and pH. In the system the synthetic materials were treated with compost in a 3 litre vessel and the amount of carbon, released as carbon dioxide with time, was estimated.
- Publication type
- Book chapter
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences. Environment and Biotechnology Centre
- Water quality and waste treatment / Ian H. Harding and Marylou Molphy (eds.), Chapter 1.2, pp. 11-17
- Publication year
- Biodegradation; Composting; Plastics; Polymeric materials; Synthetic materials
- Environmental and Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2007 Swinburne University of Technology.
- Additional information
- This book contains research articles resulting from the Australian-Indonesian Environmental Science Project.
- Peer reviewed