Title

Solid Waste Industry's Strategic Approach to Municipal Solid Waste

Date of Award

8-29-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Anton Camarota

Keywords

Incineration; Waste products as fuel; Bioreactor Landfill Technology; Combustion; Integrated solid waste management.; Integrated Waste Management; Landfills; Municipal Solid Waste; Recycling; Recycling (Waste, etc.); Refuse and refuse disposal; Source Reduction; Waste-To-Energy

Abstract

The solid waste industry must determine how best to handle tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) being disposed of every day in a more environmentally friendly, yet cost-effective manner. Three major MSW options landfills, recycling, and incineration are examined from an integrated waste management perspective as potential strategic responses to the challenges set forth by decreasing landfill space, government agency regulation, and private and public group pressure. Each industry segment must continue developing programs and technologies such as bioreactor landfill technology for new and existing landfills, comprehensive procurement guidelines, Pay as You Throw, and WasteWise programs for the recycling sector and waste-to-energy facilities for incineration to effectively treat the 245 million tons of trash disposed of in the U.S. annually.

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