Solid Waste Systems Planning

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Handbook of Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Engineering and Management: Volume 1


This chapter focuses on the relevance and importance of proper and sustainable solid waste system (SWS) planning as a part of the solid waste management (SWM) field. Complexities and uncertainties in the construction industry require SWS planning to be highly considered and performed due to rapid population growth and urbanization trends. These trends influence the generation of solid waste in terms of its quantity, types, treatment, disposal, etc. that require appropriate solutions in the collection, transport or treatment, besides other variations in time to be considered when designing a SWS. As a key function of SWM, SWS planning is crucial for economic development, the protection of human and environmental health for sustainable development. Improvements in SWS can be achieved on different levels based on a large scope in optimization and improving cost efficiency based on robust planning with a systematic process of SWS planning, integrated SWM plan enrichment, SWS implementation plan, strategic technology plan of SWS and their influencing factors. A case study on the cost-benefit analysis of SWS technology adoption is presented with insights on an assessment plan in a solid waste technology implementation for sustainable development.