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ISSN 2029-7092 online
ISBN 978-609-457-690-4 CD
ISBN 978-609-457-640-9
 Environmental Protection

Viktoria Blonskaja, Jana Põldnurk, Enn Loigu

Utilisation options for biodegradable kitchen waste in Estonia. SWOT analysis

Conference Information: 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering, MAY 22-23, 2014 Vilnius, LITHUANIA
Source: ICEE-2014 - International Conference on Environmental Engineering
Book Series: International Conference on Environmental Engineering (ICEE) Selected papers
ISSN: ISSN 2029-7092 online
ISBN: 978-609-457-640-9 / 978-609-457-690-4 CD
Year: 2014
Publisher: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Press Technika

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The most critical issue in municipal waste management in Estonia is the biodegradable fraction because the source sorting and central collection and treatment of that fraction is neither economically nor environmentally cost effective. Over the last three years, scientists from Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) collected data about the biodegradable waste produced in Estonia during 2002–2012. The waste volumes, qualities, and energy potential were estimated. Biodegradable waste, such as manure, sludge and biomass from unused lands, is the best resource for renewable energy production in the anaerobic digestion process in Estonia. The current paper focused on the waste from trade companies, garden waste and kitchen waste because the quantity of this type of waste has gradually increased in recent years. The SWOT analysis shows that the composting method for the utilisation of this type of waste is a better solution. Also, the benefits and disadvantages of home composting and central collection and treatment of bio-waste are analysed.

Keywords: anaerobic digestion; biodegradable waste; composting; kitchen waste; SWOT analysis.

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