Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Transitions of municipal solid waste management. part II : hybrid life cycle assessment of Swiss glass-packaging disposal
Authors : Meylan, Grégoire
Ami, Helen
Spoerri, Andy
et. al : No
DOI : 10.1016/j.resconrec.2014.01.005
Published in : Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume(Issue) : 86
Pages : 16
Pages to: 27
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2014
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
ISSN: 0921-3449
1879-0658
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: In policy support of municipal solid waste (MSW) management, life cycle assessment (LCA) can serve to compare the environmental or economic impacts of two or more options for waste processing. The scope of waste management LCAs generally focuses less attention on future developments, e.g., where will recycling take place, and more on the environmental performance of prototypes, e.g., the incineration of all waste compared to recycling. To provide more robust support for Swiss waste glass-packaging disposal, scenarios of Swiss waste glass-packaging are assessed from a life cycle perspective. The scenarios consist in schemes for the disposal of the total amount of Swiss waste glass-packaging, i.e., different combinations of recycling and downcycling in Switzerland or abroad developed in Part I. In this article (Part II), the disposal schemes are assessed with respect to eco-efficiency, an indicator that combines total environmental impacts and gross value added in Switzerland. Results show that no policy alternative guarantees environmental impact reductions and gross value added gains under all developments of exogenous constraints. Downcycling to foam glass in Switzerland is not only an environmentally sound disposal option, but it also buffers gross value added losses in case domestic recycling (and thus glass-packaging production in Switzerland) ceases in the future. The substitution of products based on raw materials other than Swiss cullet is the main responsible for change in environmental and economic impacts. Hence, an eco-efficiency maximizing policy should consider the products of disposal schemes. The combination of scenario analysis and eco-efficiency assessment as presented in this paper can be applied to other contexts (i.e., countries, waste fractions).
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17638
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: International Management Institute (IMI)
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