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Integrated Solid Waste Management
A Life Cycle Inventory
by Forbes McDougall

Integrated Solid Waste Management provides a more user-friendly model (IWM-2) for waste managers.

To make it more widely accessible, Integrated Solid Waste Management provides the new tool in Windows format, with greatly improved input and output features, and the ability to compare different scenarios.


Concepts and Case Studies


  • The Aims of the Book
  • What is Waste?
  • The Concerns Over Waste
  • Objectives
  • Current Approaches—Legislation
  • Economic Costs of Environmental Improvements
  • An Integrated Approach to Solid Waste Management

Integrated Waste Management

  • The Basic Requirements of Waste Management
  • The Concept of Sustainable Waste Management
  • Development of the Integrated Waste Management Concept
  • Implementing Integrated Waste Management
  • Integrated Waste Management in Countries with Develping Economies
  • Modelling Waste Management—Why Model?

The Development of Integrated Waste Management Systems: Case Studies and Their Analysis

  • Case Study Format
  • Case Studies
  • Case Study Details—Schematic Diagrams
  • Seattle, USA, 1998
  • Madras, India, 1999—A Case Study from a Country with a Developing Economy
  • Optimisation of Integrated Waste Management Systems
...and more.

Life Cycle Assessemnt

  • What is Life Cycle Assessement?
  • Benefits of the Life Cycle Approach
  • Limitations of the Life Cycle Approach
  • International Standards Organisation (ISO)-The ISO 14040 Series
  • Structure of a Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life Cycle Inventory of Solid Waste

A Life Cycle Inventory of Solid Waste

  • Integrated Waste Management and Life Cycle Inventory
  • A Life Cycle Inventory of Waste
  • Results of the Life Cycle Inventory Model: System Inputs and Outputs
  • Fuel and Electricity Consumption in the Life Cycle of Solid Waste
  • The Economic Assessement
...and more.

LCI Case Studies

  • Caracas, Venezuela-LCI Scenarios for the Recovery of Recyclable Materials
  • Pamplona, Spain-LCI Scenarios for Separate Collection of Organic Material
  • Gloucestershire County, UK-LCI Scenarios for Composting, Recycling and Incineration
  • Barcelona Metropolitan Area-LCI for Long-term Integrated Waste Management Strategy Planning
  • London, Ontario, Canada-LCI for Assessment of Different Materials Recycling Options
...and more.

The Overall Picture

  • From Life Cycle Inventory Results to Sustainability
  • The Progress So Far
  • Future Directions

Elements of IWM

Solid Waste Generation and Composition

  • Solid Waste Generation
  • Solid Wastes Dealt With in This Study
  • Quantities of MSW Generated
  • Composition of MSW
  • Variability in MSW Generation
  • Effects of Source Reduction
  • MSW Classification—The Need for Standardisation
  • MSW Analysis Methods

Waste Collection

  • Home Sorting
  • Bring Versus Kerbside Collection Systems
  • Collection Systems
  • Variable Rate Pricing Systems (Pay-as-you-Throw)
  • Integrated Collection Schemes

Central Sorting

  • General Sorting Techniques
  • Central Sorting at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
  • Sorting of Mixed Waste for Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF)

Biological Treatment

  • Biological Treatment Objectives
  • Overview of Biological Treatment
  • Biological Treatment Processes
  • Compost Markets
  • Compost Standards

Thermal Treatment

  • Thermal Treatment Objectives
  • Current State of Thermal Treatment
  • Mass-Burn Incineration of MSW
  • Burning of Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF)
  • Burning of Source-Separated Paper and Plastic
  • Emission Limits
  • Public Acceptability


  • Landfilling Objectives
  • Current Landfilling Activity
  • Landfilling—Basic Philosophy
  • Landfill Siting
  • Landfill Site Design and Operation
...and more

Materials Recycling

  • Materials Manufacturing and Recycling Processes

Model Guide

  • Conventions Used in This Chapter
  • The IWM-2 Computer Model
  • The User Guide

Waste Inputs

  • Defining the Waste Input for the LCI Computer Model—Data Sources
  • Classification of Solid Waste Used in the Life Cycle Inventory
  • The Waste Input Screen

Waste Collection

  • Defining the System Boundaries
  • Environmental Burdens Due to Transport
  • Other Burndens
  • Economic Costs
  • The Waste Collection Screen

MRF and RDF Sorting

  • Defining the System Boundaries
  • RDF Sorting
  • Economic Costs
  • MRF/RDF Sorting Screen

Biological Treatment

  • Waste Inputs
  • Outputs
  • Economic Costs
  • Biological Treatments

Thermal Treatment

  • Defining the System Boundaries
  • Data Availability
  • Waste Inputs
  • Energy Consumption
  • Outputs
  • Economic Costs of Thermal Treatment
  • Thermal Treatments


  • Defining the System Boundaries
  • Waste Inputs
  • Energy Consumption
  • Outputs
  • Economic Costs
  • Landfilling

Materials Recycling

  • Defining the System Boundaries
  • Inputs
  • Transport Burdens
  • Feed-stock Energy
  • Paper
  • Glass
...and more.

Advanced Variables

  • Waste Collection
  • RDF Sorting
  • Thermal Treatments
  • Landfilling
  • Recycling
  • Other Variables

Waste System Flow
Streams Button
Results Button
Scenario comparisons
What Parameters Have Changed?


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Integrated Solid Waste Management
A Life Cycle Inventory
by Forbes McDougall

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