• Imants Plūme Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte (LV)
  • Benita Plūme I/U “Sandio” (LV)



household wastes, composting, insulated containers


Household wastes handling improperly leads to increasing of total amount of wastes deposited in landfills. Investigations of family (3 adults and 3 children) during 3 year period appeared, that average weight of kitchen wastes produced was 62,2 kg per habitant in year. Kitchen wastes have high moisture content 70 – 90% and high density 500 – 600 kg/m³. Investigated weight of liquid leached was 43,2%, if the kitchen wastes were composted without additional material and leakage was 15,4% if wastes was composted together with 10% dry bulking materials (straw5% + sawdust5%). Leakage was not observed, if kitchen wastes were co-composted with 25% lake rootfelt. Maximal temperatures in 1,2 m3 container were 36 °C for compost of weeds and 61 °C for screened weed’s compost. Non-treated with etch wheat grain’s sprouts all perished after 40-day couching period in compost having maximal temperature 36°C during previous composting process and in same time survived 75% of sprouts in compost having maximal temperature 61 °C during previously performed composting process.


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How to Cite

I. Plūme and B. Plūme, “COMPOSTING OF HOUSEHOLD WASTES IN CONTAINERS”, ETR, vol. 1, pp. 275–282, Jun. 2005, doi: 10.17770/etr2005vol1.2142.