Decision support tool for collection and treatment of source-sorted organic municipal solid waste

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Waste management strategies focus on waste minimization and on better utilisation of the resources in the waste in all the Nordic countries. Better handling of municipal waste is in focus, as it is a significant waste fraction with many unused potentials. A tool for support of local decisions about handling of the municipal organic solid waste has been developed in order to cover the spectrum of technological solutions available today and further include the local conditions and priorities in the Nordic countries. The tool focuses on the most important environmental aspects without losing the national or global perspective. Further the tool is kept simple in order to secure that the necessary information can be provided locally.



Waste collection

Fuel consumption for waste collection is divided into two parts: the actual collection of waste at each source in an area and the transportation of a full load of waste from the collection area to initial treatment. The waste collection is defined as fuel consumption per ton of waste (MJ/ton) and default values can be given for different types of residential areas and for different type of collection. The values vary much from area to area due to distances and population density, waste collection equipment, waste collection vehicle type and size etc. Thus it may be important that each involved country collects reasonable and well-documented data for fuel consumption for waste collection.


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