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Waste Manag. 2010 Apr;30(4):707-15. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2009.11.004. Epub 2009 Dec 16.

Technoeconomic aspects of alternative municipal solid wastes treatment methods.

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Laboratory of Air, Water and Land Pollution Management, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania 731 00, Greece.


This paper considers selected treatment technologies for comingled domestic and similar wastes and provides technoeconomic data and information, useful for the development of strategic management plans. For this purpose, treatment technologies of interest are reviewed and representative flow diagrams, along with material and energy balances, are presented for the typical composition of wastes in Greece; possible difficulties in the use of treatment products, along with their management implications, are discussed, and; cost functions are developed, allowing assessment of the initial capital investment and annual operating costs. Based on the latter, cost functions are developed for predicting the normalized treatment costs of alternative methods (in euro/t of MSW treated), as function of the quantity of MSW processed by plants built and operated (a) by municipality associations, and (b) by private enterprises. Finally, the alternative technologies considered are evaluated on the basis of their cost aspects, product utilization and compatibility with the EU waste framework Directive 2008/98.

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