Life Cycle Assessment of Municipal Solid Wastes: Development of Wasted Software
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 17:53 authored by Rodrigo Diaz
This thesis introduces WASTED (Waste Analysis Software Tool for Enironmental Decisions). It is a computer-based model that uses life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to estimate material flows and environmental impacts of solid waste management. The model consists of a number of separate submodels that describe a typical waste management process. These models are combined to represent a complete waste management system. Based on LCA methodologies, WASTED uses compensatory systems in order to account for the avoided impacts derived from energy recovery and material recycling. In this manner, a comprehensive "cradle-to-grave" analysis of waste management is possible. The purpose of this project is to provide waste managers, environmental researchers and decision makers with a tool that helps them to evaluate waste management plans and to improve the environmental performance of waste management strategies.