Solid fuel production from landfill waste for promoting sustainable development in Africa

M. M. Manyuchi, C. Mbohwa, E. Muzenda

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In the present study, the potential to produce bio pellets from organic landfill waste was investigated as a strategy to promote sustainability of landfills as well as provision of alternative clean energy source. Organic waste was first shredded then compacted to pellets. Afterwards, the pellets went through carbonization at 400 °C for 30 minutes. The organic waste and bio pellets moisture content, ash content, volatile matter, fixed carbon and calorific value were measure. The calorific value of the bio pellets was 50% higher in comparison to the organic waste. The organic waste carbonization also resulted in a 97% increase in the fixed carbon content, 50% decrease in ash and volatile content matter as well as 86% decrease in moisture content. Landfill organic waste can be converted to form bio pellets with characteristics identical to coal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2140-2144
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberSEP
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event3rd North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2018 -
Duration: 27 Sept 201829 Sept 2018


  • Bio pellets
  • Carbonization
  • Landfill waste
  • Solid fuel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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