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Waste to Energy Conversion Technology by M Castaldi, N Klinghoffer

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Lifecycle assessment (LCA) and its application to sustainable waste management

S. Kaufman,     Columbia University, USA

Abstract:

This chapter deals with quantitative ways to compare waste treatment technologies. It introduces lifecycle analysis and details a lifecycle-based method to evaluate the sustainability of waste treatment systems. It concludes that cities need a mix of waste treatment technologies to manage municipal solid waste flows sustainably.

Key words

lifecycle assessment (LCA)

waste to energy (WTE) systems

sustainable waste management

recycling

landfill

waste treatment technology

3.1 Introduction

Lifecycle assessment (LCA), otherwise known as lifecycle analysis – though still a relatively new field – is one of the leading ...

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