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Web Date: July 21, 2010

Making Better Trash Decisions

Waste Management: New tool to assess environmental impacts highlights the benefits of producing electricity through waste incineration
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Solid waste, life cycle assessment, waste-to-energy, incineration, recycling, landfill

After you sort your household trash into various bins and drag it out to the curb, solid waste managers must next confront several options when disposing of the refuse. To minimize the disposal's environmental impact, they pick between three main fates: recycling, incineration, and landfills. Now researchers have devised a new way to assess the most efficient and environmentally sound way to handle the trash moving through a city's waste management system (Environmental Science & . . .

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