DOMESTIC SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: THE FORGOTTEN END OF THE URBAN GOODS MOVEMENT CHAIN

The paper describes the structure of the Solid Waste Integrated Management (SWIM) model, which considers the generation of domestic solid waste, the partitioning of this solid waste into various waste streams (eg garbage,recyclables, green waste etc), the collection of this waste, sorting of the recyclables stream, transferral of waste to disposal sites, and the sale of recyclables in a variety of markets. The SWIM model is then applied to consider the important question of the extent to which the collection, sorting and sale of recyclables makes sense from both an economic and environmental viewpoint. Does it cost more for the recycling process than canbe obtained from the sale of recyclables or are there other ways of handling some of the components of domestic solid waste. Importantly, what arethe environmental costs (eg fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions) of the recycling process? This paper presents some results, with respect to waste paper, which help to understand the economic and environmental trade-offs involved in the operation of the domestic solid waste management system. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861490.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 583-601

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7325-0660-3
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1995 12:00AM