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Persistent Organic Pollutants in Source-Separated Compost and Its Feedstock Materials Review of Field Studies


Brändli, R; Bucheli, T D; Kupper, T; Furrer, R; Stadelmann, F X; Tarradellas, J (2005). Persistent Organic Pollutants in Source-Separated Compost and Its Feedstock Materials Review of Field Studies. Journal of Environmental Quality, 34:735-760.

Abstract

Composting and application of compost to the soil follow the principle of recycling and sustainability. However, input of heavy metals and organic pollutants to soil by compost can threaten soil quality. Brändli et al. (735–760) compiled and evaluated the available data in the literature on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in compost and its feedstock. Median concentrations of POPs in compost were up to 10 times higher than in arable soils but were well within the range of urban soils. Urban compost exhibited generally higher POP concentrations than rural compost. This work provides a basis for the further improvement of composting and for future risk assessments of compost application.

Abstract

Composting and application of compost to the soil follow the principle of recycling and sustainability. However, input of heavy metals and organic pollutants to soil by compost can threaten soil quality. Brändli et al. (735–760) compiled and evaluated the available data in the literature on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in compost and its feedstock. Median concentrations of POPs in compost were up to 10 times higher than in arable soils but were well within the range of urban soils. Urban compost exhibited generally higher POP concentrations than rural compost. This work provides a basis for the further improvement of composting and for future risk assessments of compost application.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Mathematics
Dewey Decimal Classification:510 Mathematics
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 08:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:24
Publisher:American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America
ISSN:0047-2425
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2004.0333

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