Greenhouse gas emissions from non-recyclable residual household waste within domestic wheeled bins

Boardman, C.; Burnley, S.; Gauci, V. and Gladding, T. (2015). Greenhouse gas emissions from non-recyclable residual household waste within domestic wheeled bins. In: 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2015), 5-9 Oct 2015, S. Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy, CISA Publisher, Italy.

Abstract

The evolution of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from waste treatment processes (e.g. landfill & composting) are well documented (Chen and Lin, 2008), frequently quantified (Lou and Nair, 2009) and currently represented within climate change models (Ciais et al., 2013). Conversely, the understanding of GHG emissions from household waste (pre-collection) is largely unknown and confined to composting studies (e.g. Andersen et al., 2010), or calculating the calorific value/elemental content (Komilis et al., 2012) and biological methane potential (Alibardi and Cossu, 2015) of municipal solid waste. Generating a better understanding of GHG fluxes from non-recycled residual household waste before collection may help to further refine climate models and inform policy makers regarding the best collection strategy to mitigate GHG emissions.

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