Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


The meat packing industry is decentralizing its processing operations. Many of the large metropolitan packing houses are being abandoned because they cannot readily assimilate the newer, more efficient processing methods due to the high cost of providing such improvements. These plants are being replaced by small, rural installations which are relatively inexpensive to modify. Shorter livestock haul distance are an additional economic advantage to the small plants. The advent of the stabilization pond into the meat processing waste treatment field has been due, in part, to the desire for low cost waste treatment. Also, the new, small abattoirs and packinghouses are locating in rural communities where sufficient land is available for this type of waste treatment. The use of the anaerobic stabilization pond facilities for treating these high strength wastes is rapidly increasing. Furthermore, research on anaerobic fermentation, coupled with recent data regarding theory, design and performance of the anaerobic treatment with those of the stabilization pond.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Refuse and refuse disposal
Sewage -- Purification




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