Life Cycle Management of Municipal Solid Waste

  title={Life Cycle Management of Municipal Solid Waste},
  author={Keith A. Weitz and Morton A. Barlaz and Ranji S. Ranjithan and Downey Brill and Susan A. Thorneloe and Robert K. Ham},
  journal={The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment},
Life-cycle assessment concepts and methods are currently being applied to evaluate integrated municipal solid waste management strategies throughout the world. The Research Triangle Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working to develop a computer-based decision support tool to evaluate integrated municipal solid waste management strategies in the United States. The waste management unit processes included in this tool are waste collection, transfer stations, recovery… Expand
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  • Xiaolong Song, Jianxin Yang, B. Lu, Bo Li
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA
  • 2013
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