Potential of biogas production from mixed leaf and food waste in anaerobic reactors

  • Klinpratoom Panyaping
  • Phisittapong Moontee


Anaerobic digestion of mixed leaf (MLW) and food wastes (FW) was used to explore the potential use of MLW as an accelerator for FW digestion in two parts for biogas production and as a waste management option in a university community. The effects of the single substrate of FW, co-digestion, ratio of MLW and FW (3:2 and 2:3) and ratio of waste feed to inoculum: F/I (0.1 and 0.4), and feeding frequency (every other day and every 2 days) were evaluated in two neutralized anaerobic reactors. The results showed that different mixture ratios with the same F/I ratio were the major factor on biogas (39.87 m3/kg VSadded) and CH4 yield (25.99 m3/kg VSadded), including %COD removal (84.50%). Co-digestion had the same effect as F/I on biogas production. Only FW provided the lowest biogas and CH4 yield. The use of a MLW:FW 2:3, F/I 0.4 mixture with every 2 days feeding provided higher biogas production and %COD removal than with every other day feeding. Two neutralized anaerobic reactors were suitable for digestion with a high F/I, and a wider interval feeding. This finding affirms the possibility of biogas production using MLW as the co-substrate with FW, as opposed to using FW alone.


Mixed leaf waste Food waste Two anaerobic reactors Biogas production 



This work was supported by the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna [58-HRL-021].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringRajamangala University of Technology LannaChiang MaiThailand

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