The present work proposed an economically sustainable solution for composting olive humid husks (OHH) and leaves (OL) at a small/medium sized olive oil mill. We planned and set up a composting plant, the prototype taking the form of a simplified low-cost turning machine, and evaluated the use of an inoculum of one year-old composted humid husks (CHH) and sheep manure (SM) to facilitate the starting phase of the process. Trials were carried out using four piles under different experimental conditions (turnover, static, and type of inoculum). The best results were achieved with turnover and an inoculum that induced fast start-up and a correct evolution of the composting process. The final product was a hygienically clean, cured compost. 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.biortech.2007.09.080|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000256050500023|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-41849106483|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|