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Main Title Life-Cycle Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste Management in the United States.
Author Thorneloe, S. ; Weitz, K. ; Nishtala, S. ; Zannes, M. ;
CORP Author Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Office of Research and Development.
Publisher 2000
Year Published 2000
Report Number EPA/600/A-01/113;
Stock Number PB2002-102292
Additional Subjects Greenhouse gases ; Solid waste management ; Air pollution control ; Recycling ; Municipal wastes ; Emissions ; Environmental effects ; Refuse disposal ; Carbon ; Climate change ; Trends ; United States ; Case studies ; Stationary sources ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2002-102292 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 10/23/2002
Collation 14p
Abstract The paper discusses a life-cycle evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal solid waste (MWS) management in the U.S. (NOTE: Using integrated waste management, recycling/composting, waste-to-energy, and better control of landfill gas, communities across the U.S. are avoiding about 41 million metric tons of carbon equivalents (MMTCE) of GHG emissions. The total quantity of GHG emissions from MSW management was reduced by a factor of 5 (51 to 10 MMTCE) from what it otherwise would have been, despite a more than 70% increase of MSW). The evaluation found that there has been a positive impact on GHG emissions as a result of actions taken by local governments managing MSW. There are additional opportunities for further reductions, but it is important to take into account any potential tradeoffs with other pollutants by considering multimedia and multipollutant impacts. Although not presented in the paper, the potential carbon that is stored (not released to the atmosphere) was also calculated. The results are directionally similar, but the magnitude of the numbers varies substantially. GHG reductions have also been calculated for a number of communities, providing information on the current level of GHG emissions and opportunities for further reductions.
Supplementary Notes Sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Office of Research and Development.
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