Municipal waste management in Sicily: practices and challenges

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There are numerous problems yet to be solved in waste management and although efforts towards waste recovery and recycling havebeen made, landfills are still the most common method used in the EU and many other industrialised countries. Thermal disposal, particularlyincineration, is a tested and viable alternative. In 2004, only 11% of the annual waste production of Italy was incinerated. Sicily,with over five million inhabitants, is the second largest region in Italy where waste management is now a critical problem. The use oflandfills can no longer be considered a satisfactory environmental solution; therefore, new methods have to be chosen and waste-toenergyplants could provide an answer.This paper gives details of municipal solid waste management in Sicily following a new Waste Management Plan. Four waste-toenergyplants will generate electricity through a steam cycle; the feedstock will become the residue after material recovery, which is calculatedas 20–40% weight of the collected municipal solid waste.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1201-1208
Numero di pagine8
RivistaWaste Management
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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