Worldwide Survey of Biodegradable Feedstocks, Waste-to-Energy Technologies, and Adoption of Technologies

  • Mike Centore
  • Gal Hochman
  • David Zilberman
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 73)


The current chapter survey categories of biodegradable waste, including manure and animal waste, food waste, crop residues, and sewage waste. The chapter then identify and analyze several major types of waste management technologies, such as anaerobic digestion, landfilling, composting, and incineration. It concludes with a brief discussion on the different patterns of adoption among regions.


Sewage Sludge Municipal Solid Waste Anaerobic Digestion Crop Residue Corn Stover 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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