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Co-biodrying of sewage sludge and organic fraction of municipal solid waste: Role of mixing proportions

Zhang, Difang, Luo, Wenhai, Yuan, Jing, Li, Guoxue
Waste management 2018 v.77 pp. 333-340
biodegradation, carbohydrates, corn stover, evaporation, heat, lignin, lipids, mixing, municipal solid waste, organic matter, sewage sludge, temperature, waste management
This study investigated the performance of co-biodrying sewage sludge and organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) at different proportions. Cornstalk was added at 15% (of total wet weight) as the bulking agent. Results show that increasing OFMSW percentage promoted the biodegradation of organic matter, thus enhancing the temperature integration value and water removal to above 75% during sludge and OFMSW co-biodrying. In particular, adding more OFMSW accelerated the biodegradation of soluble carbohydrates, lignins, lipids, and amylums, resulting in more organic loss and thus lower biodrying index (3.3–3.7 for 55–85% OFMSW). Water balance calculation indicated that evaporation was the main mechanism for water removal. Heat used for water evaporation was 37.7–48.6% of total heat consumption during co-biodrying. Our results suggest that sludge and OFMSW should be mixed equally for their efficient co-biodrying.