Greenhouse gas emissions from integrated solid waste management: a new mathematical model

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Municipal solid waste management significantly contributes to the emission in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases (e.g. CO2, CH4, N2O) and therefore the management process from collection to treatment and disposal has to be optimized in order to reduce these emissions. Many literature models developed for the evaluation of greenhouses gases emissions from the waste management system are based on the analysis of the life cycle. These models are not optimized for evaluation of emissions. The aim of this study is to overcome these limitations by proposing a mathematical model to estimate greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the integrated waste management. The model is aimed to be a verification tool for assessing the optimum system management in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The model quantify the emissions associated with: heat treatment, landfill disposal, anaerobic digestion plants, recycling, composting. Different combinations of collection scenarios and disposal options have been considered in the Municipal Solid Waste management of the Province of Palermo. The obtained results applying the model show that limits to solid waste management must be clearly defined. In fact changing the limits, the emissions vary. The lower emissions are due to the use of different energy sources.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine17
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016


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