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Treatment of problematic waste: a case study using wood

Cox-Rawlings, Jade-Ashlee, Druckman, Angela, Mulheron, Michael, Smyth, Matthew, Trew, Helen and Jesson, David (2019) Treatment of problematic waste: a case study using wood Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Waste and Resource Management, 172 (WR4). pp. 118-137.

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Waste is a complex societal problem: municipal solid waste (MSW) should be considered a resource, but the methods for capturing, treating, and utilising this resource are varied and often dependent on geopolitical factors. Previous research has, on the one hand explored the need for a more comprehensive waste composition specification in order to better manage municipal waste, and on the other focused on a problematic waste stream and the options available for dealing with it. The current work considers the use of multi-criteria decision making in order to assess the relative merits of different treatment options. A complex and problematic waste stream, wood, has been selected as a case study. For the purpose of the study, the work considers the options available to Surrey County Council in the UK. At the present time, for the conditions selected, energy from waste was considered to be the best option available for the treatment of wood with no discernible value for upcycling or reuse, but not contaminated with hazardous chemicals. When considering a different location with different circumstances, a different solution might be found.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Cox-Rawlings, Jade-Ashlee
Smyth, Matthew
Trew, Helen
Date : November 2019
Funders : Surrey County Council, EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
DOI : 10.1680/jwarm.19.00003
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © ICE Publishing 2019, all rights reserved
Uncontrolled Keywords : Local Government; Multi-Criteria Decision Making; Municipal Solid Waste; Waste Management
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 09 Oct 2019 10:07
Last Modified : 24 Sep 2020 02:08

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