Biochar for waste management and environmental sustainability

Meththika Vithanage, Anushka Upamali Rajapaksha, Mahtab Ahmad, Yoshiyuki Shinogi, Kye Hoon Kim, Geonha Kim, Yong Sik Ok

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Waste management is inadequate in most cities in developing countries, as a significant portion of the population lacks access to a waste-collection service and only a fraction of the generated waste is actually collected. Biochar is potentially an immediate, economically viable solution for reducing the global impact of bio-waste and wastewater. This chapter discusses biochar and its properties and uses for waste management. Despite widespread interest in applying biochar for soil amelioration and potential mitigation of climate change, substantial uncertainties remain about the impact, capacity, and environmental sustainability of biochar production and its applications, particularly in the long term. Due to the irreversibility of applying biochar to soils, any potential risks should be thoroughly examined before widespread use of biochar is adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Solid Waste Management
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479308
ISBN (Print)9780784414101
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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