Economic and Ecological Assessment of Transport of Various Types of Waste
Sylwia Guzdek , Mateusz Malinowski , Agnieszka Petryk , Arkadiusz Religa , Daniel Liszka
AbstractThe amount of generated waste has been increasing for several years in Poland. There is a lot of research in the field of the environmental and economic evaluation of waste treatment processes. Waste transport is considered to be one of the most important elements of waste management (WM), because it integrates the whole WM system. The environmental impact of waste transport is rising (emissions to air). The European Union introduced provisions on the principle of proximity in the Waste Framework Directive. This principle suggests that waste should generally be transported, treated or disposed of as near to its place of origin as possible. The main aim of the study was to perform an ecological and technical-economic analysis of transportation of selected types of waste (mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, separately collected waste called: segregation). The research applied data obtained from a municipal enterprise operating in the South Poland. SimaPro 8.1 software with Ecoinvent 3.3 database was employed to calculate the environmental impact. As a result of the analysis, it was found that the transportation of 1 Mg construction waste had twice as much negative impact on the environment as transportation of 1 Mg mixed municipal waste and segregated waste. This is connected with higher fuel consumption per 1 Mg of transported construction waste and twice the distance that an average hooklift truck must cover in order to collect 1 Mg of construction waste.
|Journal series||Journal of Ecological Engineering, ISSN 2299-8993, (N/A 40 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||waste management (WM), municipal solid waste (MSW), wastes from construction and demolition, waste transport, life cycle assessment (LCA)|
|License||Journal (articles only); author's original; ; after publication|
|Finansowanie||The publication was prepared as part of the statutory research No. 063/WE-KMI/01/2019/S/9063.|
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