Workshop: Waste Management Challenges
State of the Art Solid Waste Management Modeling (3.5 CEUs)
Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:30 – 12:00
Proper management of solid waste is essential to minimize risks to human health and the environment. Solid waste management (SWM) is a highly visible and potentially high-impact target for enhancing environmental sustainability. However, there are numerous competing alternatives for increasing environmental sustainability such as recycling, energy recovery, and organics treatment. These potential alternatives must be systematically evaluated to ensure that SWM strategies cost-effectively protect human health and the environment. Life-cycle assessment (LCA) provides the necessary systematic framework for estimating the environmental impacts associated with alternative SWM processes and systems. Life-cycle process models that estimate emissions and resource use from solid waste unit processes (e.g., collection, composting, landfills) form the foundation of SWM LCAs.
This half-day workshop will cover the state-of-the-art for modeling solid waste processes and identify key research needs and areas for potential improvement. Each speaker will present the state-of-the-art for a given process, which will be followed by time for questions, comments and discussion. Topics include modeling of waste-to-energy combustion, composting, anaerobic digestion, landfills and uncertainty management. This workshop will build on insights gained from a similar LCA Workshop developed by Anders Damgaard and James Levis for the 2016 ISWA World Congress, and it will be updated for the 2017 World Congress & WASTECON® audience with a focus on practical applications.