Levels of ATP in different organic wastes under composting conditions

Juan Antonio Montes, Antoni Sánchez

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    Background: The concentration of ATP selected samples from the composting process of several organic wastes (municipal solid wastes, wastewater sludge, animal by-products and cow manure) has been determined in order to characterize the aerobic biological activity of such wastes. Results: The values obtained ranged from 0 (in old stable compost from cow manure) to 0.07 μmol ATP g-1 dry matter in thermophilic samples of municipal solid wastes composting. In general, it was found that ATP levels were in agreement with the stage of the composting process (initial stage, thermophilic period and maturation). On the other hand, ATP concentration correlated well (P < 0.05) with the overall respiration activity during a complete composting process of municipal solid waste at full scale. Conclusion: ATP concentration can be used to determine the biological activity of organic solid wastes in different stages of their biological treatment and to predict compost stability prior to soil application. © 2008 Society of Chemical Industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1226-1229
    JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008


    • ATP
    • Animal by-products
    • Composting
    • Manure
    • Municipal solid waste
    • Wastewater sludge


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