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Biological Methods of Odor Removal in Solid Waste Treatment Facilities

Charles, W. and Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (2017) Biological Methods of Odor Removal in Solid Waste Treatment Facilities. In: Wong, J.W.C., Tyagi, R.D. and Pandey, A., (eds.) Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Elsevier B.V., pp. 341-365.

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Solid waste management facilities invariably generate odors that can be a nuisance issue for workers and the community at large. Prevention and minimization of odor generation through better housekeeping is important, as well as appropriate odor removal treatment methods that are integrated and designed into the waste management facilities from the beginning. Biological odor removal methods have attracted increasing popularity because they have been proven to be cost-effective, obviate the need for chemicals, and entail the lowest impacts to the environment. In this chapter we review odor compounds likely to be generated at solid waste treatment facilities and provide an overview of established and emerging biological methods for odor control. The mechanisms of biological odor removal and factors affecting the performance of bio-treatment processes are described and discussed. A case study of a large-scale odor biofilter at a solid waste composting facility is provided. We conclude by providing a summary, current challenges, and future development potential.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
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