Manure Management: Compost and Biosolids

Authored by: Bahman Eghball , Kenneth A. Barbarick

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Manure, compost, and biosolids (municipal sludge) are organic residuals that contain nutrients and organic matter. They are excellent substitutes for chemical fertilizers. The organic matter in these renewable organic residuals can significantly improve the chemical and physical properties of soil and enhance biological activities. Because manure, compost, and biosolids contain nutrients and organic matter, they can be used to improve degraded, eroded, or less productive soils as soil amendments. If not used properly, manure, compost, and biosolids can be sources of environmental pollution.

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