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Abstract

Report on the EEC's 1983 Symposium on the disposal of sewage sludge, forming part of the COST 68 project to coordinate research in this area and encourage the recycling of sludge to agricultural land. Recent developments in instrumentation and analytical techniques have extended knowledge of the organic and inorganic composition of sewage sludge, thus improving the empirical basis for more efficient and ecologically sensible processes of disposal and use. But given the wide variation in the local conditions in which sludge is produced due to climatic, demographic, agricultural and industrial factors, it is impossible to prescribe a universally valid procedure for sludge treatment, and even forecasts of steady increases in production do not hold true for all regions. Moreover recycling of sludge to agricultural land, though beneficial to farmers who can take advantage of it, will never be a major contribution to fertiliser needs on a national scale. Sound theoretical expertise, efficient monitoring of the disposal process and the provision of reliable technical information to the farming community are all important features of economic and environmentally sound sludge processing. Papers deal with the latest trends and research in treatment techniques, including its economics, energy recovery and fuel conversion, and distribution on farm land. Testing theoretical research against practical experience should lead to an increasingly sophisticated sewage treatment industry.

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Authors: L'HERMITE P, CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM);OTT H CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK, 482 P., 1984, ISBN 90-277-1727-3 WRITE TO KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, DISTRIBUTION CENTRE, P.O. BOX 322, 3300 AH DORDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS), PRICE: HFL 195, (EUR 9129).
Record Number: 1989124064600 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en,fr
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