The Environmental Comparison of Landfilling vs. Incineration of MSW Accounting for Waste Diversion

Year of Publication

2012

This study evaluates the environmental performance and discounted costs of the incineration and landfilling of municipal solid waste using a life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.

Source:

Waste Management

Author(s):

Bernadette Assamoi

Yuri Lawryshyn

Geography:

Canada

Type:

Case Study

Purpose of Measurement:

Solution Sets and Impact Potential, Monitoring and Evaluation

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Climate, Capital Flows

This study evaluates the environmental performance and discounted costs of the incineration and landfilling of municipal solid waste using a life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. Findings, based on data from the City of Toronto, include that incineration, while more costly financially, has a lower environmental impact than landfill due to the displacement of power plant emissions.

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