Comparing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Performance of Residual Waste Treatment Solutions

Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) and Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) take a fundamentally different approach to the management of residual waste as compared to Waste to Energy (WtE).

MRF/MBT recovers the maximum amount of material and then uses the remainder for energy recovery, whereas WtE typically takes a reverse approach. Life Cycle Assessment can demonstrate the carbon benefit of different waste management solutions and recognises that the benefit of recovering different materials can vary greatly and that the recovery of materials is very often more beneficial than energy recovery. From this assessment the appropriateness of taking a “Materials Recovery First” approach to residual waste treatment is discussed.



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Quelle: Waste-to-Resource 2011 (Mai 2011)
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