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Sustainable Sewage Sludge Management

Başak Taşeli

Giresun University


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The disposal and use of sludge is a matter that must be scientifically managed. The sludge produced in municipal wastewater treatment plants is only a few percents of the volume of treated wastewater, but its treatment accounts approximately half of the total operating costs. Therefore, the need to accomplish a sustainable sludge management strategy is becoming increasingly challenging. Because options like an application of sludge to soil for agricultural purposes are gradually restricted and often prohibited by law, innovative systems need to be developed to maximize the recovery of useful materials and/or energy. The aim of this book is to provide integrated approaches, including a change towards more sustainable procedures, assessment of management paths that can maximize the benefits of recycling/recovery, low energy-efficient systems, and development of operational systems tailored to local conditions. “Sustainable Sludge Management Book” will cover topics such as biological conversion of sludge into value-added products such as biological pesticides, biological preservatives, enzymes, bioplastics and biofertilizers/biological fillers; biosolids, as well as conventional sludge processing technologies. It will also discuss ecological and economic balance for sludge management options.

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Date completed: October 15th 2019

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Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Deadline for full chapters: January 4th 2020

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Review results due: March 24th 2020

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Expected publication date: May 23rd 2020

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About the editor

Başak Taşeli

Giresun University

She is an expert with 27 years of experience on environmental management, waste prevention, renewable energies, and zero waste. She is a Professor at Giresun University. She is an environmental engineer and has completed her M.Sc. in the area of soil pollution due to thermal power plants and her Ph.D. in the area of environmental sciences-biodegradation of toxic organic compounds. She teaches graduate level sustainability courses concerning Environment, Energy and Sustainability; Biofuels: Biomass Conversion Systems; Biogas Production and Usage; Sustainable Operation of Treatment Plants and undergraduate level courses covering topics such as Water Supply; Wastewater Disposal; Environmental and Engineering Ethics; Environmental Ecology, Sludge Treatment; Unit Operations; Industrial Wastewater Treatment. She has more than 25 years of experience working in national/international environmental projects on water quality monitoring and conservation of specially protected areas, design and operation of wastewater treatment plants, environmental impact assessment, management plans, carrying capacity and Turkish Grand National Assembly Research and Investigation Commission Reports on various environmental pollution issues. Dr. Taşeli has excellent knowledge on zero waste, ecological sanitation and greenhouse gas emissions calculations. Additionally, she has strong knowledge on climate change–greenhouse gas emissions relationships, horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland’s greenhouse gas emission calculations, wastewater treatment plant’s sustainability and their effect on climate change, as well as strong knowledge on International environmental standards (ISO 14001, EMAS). Finally, she has 10 years of experience working in EU-funded Erasmus + projects by coordinating several projects as promoter and partner.

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