Characteristics and compositions of solid wastes from Altuhmaziya region in Hilla city

Muthanna Journal of Engineering and Technology

Volume (3), Issue (2), Year (30 December 2015), Pages (10-16)


Research Article By:

Nabaa Shakir Hadi

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The main objective of the present study is to investigate the residential solid wastes characteristics and energy content in Hilla city in the middle of Iraq. The solid waste characteristics, and energy content of Hilla city were found by selecting one area, which represent different lifestyles. Data of samples were collected from 13 multi-storey buildings in the Tuhmaziya region in Hilla city through 2013. The refuse was classified into ten categories (food wastes, paper, plastics , glass, textiles, rubber, tin cans , wood, cardboard, and garden trimmings, etc). The food category was found to be 46.31% of the total weight, and moisture content of 37.52 %. The chemical formula of a residential solid waste of Hilla city was found to be C802.3 H2630.3 O1074.3 N18 with sulfur and without sulfur as C44.6 H146.1 O59.7 N. The energy content (dry basis) was found to be 12369 kJ/kg.

Keywords: Energy content, residential solid wastes, chemical formula, Hilla city.

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