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Sustainable management of combustible household waste-Expanding the integrated evaluation model
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development.
bThe Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis, Akademigatan 2, SE-831 25 Östersund, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, Vol. 52, no 8-9, 1101-1111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A previously described model for the evaluation of sustainability in waste management has been expanded and applied to biodegradable and other combustible household waste. The model was applied to a case-study focusing on the special conditions in a municipality in the sparsely populated region of northern Sweden. In this region it is usual that the collection distances are long, the volume of waste is low and treatment facilities are remote. Four scenarios for the management of municipal household waste were compared: incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting and landfilling. A system analysis was performed to ensure that each scenario fulfil all the functions that the waste could provide (heat, electricity, fuel, and soil with a high nutrient content) and a sensitivity analysis was carried out to test the reliability of the results. The results show that the evaluation model can be used to assess the sustainability aspects of different treatment scenarios for combustible household waste. The model also allows for an individual interpretation of the results presented, depending on the choice of priorities. The effects of varying the time horizons and the difference in impact depending on what fuels are ultimately replaced in energy production are discussed.

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2008. Vol. 52, no 8-9, 1101-1111 p.
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sustainable devlopment, waste management, method, indicators, system analysis, environment, economy, social, health
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7194DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2008.05.004ISI: 000258358500012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47049128871Local ID: 1911OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7194DiVA: diva2:127013
Available from: 2008-11-30 Created: 2008-11-27 Last updated: 2011-04-19Bibliographically approved

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