Municipal waste management in Sicily: practices and challenges

Panno D; Messineo A

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    Abstract

    There are numerous problems yet to be solved in waste management and although efforts towards waste recovery and recycling have been made, landfills are still the most common method used in the EU and many other industrialised countries. Thermal disposal, particularly incineration, 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 of landfills can no longer be considered a satisfactory environmental solution; therefore, new methods have to be chosen and waste-toenergy plants could provide an answer. This paper gives details of municipal solid waste management in Sicily following a new Waste Management Plan. Four waste-toenergy plants will generate electricity through a steam cycle; the feedstock will become the residue after material recovery, which is calculated as 20–40% weight of the collected municipal solid waste.
    Lingua originaleEnglish
    pagine (da-a)1201-1208
    Numero di pagine8
    RivistaWaste Management
    Volume28
    Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Waste Management and Disposal
    • Pollution
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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