Composting of food wastes: Status and challenges

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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd This review analyses the main challenges of the process of food waste composting and examines the crucial aspects related to the quality of the produced compost. Although recent advances have been made in crucial aspects of the process, such composting microbiology, improvements are needed in process monitoring. Therefore, specific problems related to food waste composting, such as the presence of impurities, are thoroughly analysed in this study. In addition, environmental impacts related to food waste composting, such as emissions of greenhouse gases and odours, are discussed. Finally, the use of food waste compost in soil bioremediation is discussed in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
JournalAgricultural Wastes
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Composting
  • Food waste
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Microbiology
  • Odours


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