Characterization of Organic Waste: A Primordial Step for Efficient Valorization by Anaerobic Digestion

  • Nabil SadkiEmail author
  • Abdeslam Taleb
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1104)


Anaerobic digestion is a process of controlled biological decomposition that takes place without oxygen and that generates both biogas convertible into energy and a valuable solid residue called digestate.

In order to overcome the problems associated with the management of organic waste (food waste, green waste and septics tank’s waste), on a small scale, the development of the anaerobic digestion process could see a potentially significant growth.

The nature of the organic waste can, considerably, differ according to several factors such as the producer, the season, the territory, etc…. It is therefore better to know the characteristics of waste for an efficient valorization by anaerobic digestion.

Results from various papers and studies conducted worldwide have been compiled and statistically analyzed to determine the variability of organic waste characteristics and the effect of these variable values on the anaerobic digestion process.

Then, a characterization of the organic waste, through the analysis of samples taken from the field of study, was accomplished so as to compare the experimental results with the literature and to complement the latter’s data with physical-biochemical characteristics and to relate them to the anaerobic biodegradation potential.

Finally, we used a statistical tool, the mixing plan, to define the mixtures to be tested. The problem that arose was to know, among the waste to be mixed, what proportion of each mono-substrate would give the best Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) and whether it was possible to highlight synergistic effects between wastes.


Organic waste Characterization Mixing plan Anaerobic digestion Biochemical Methane Potential 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Process Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques of MohammediaHassan II University of CasablancaCasablancaMorocco

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