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Title: Assessment of environmental and economic feasibility of Enhanced Landfill Mining
Authors: Danthurebandara, Maheshi
Van Passel, Steven
Vanderreydt, Ive
Van Acker, Karel
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: WASTE MANAGEMENT, 45, p. 434-447
Abstract: This paper addresses the environmental and economic performance of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM). Based on life cycle assessment and life cycle costing, a detailed model is developed and is applied to a case study, i.e. the first ELFM project in Belgium. The environmental and economic analysis is performed in order to study the valorisation of different waste types in the landfill, such as municipal solid waste, industrial waste and total waste. We found that ELFM is promising for the case study landfill as greater environmental benefits are foreseen in several impact categories compared to the landfill's current situation (the 'Do-nothing' scenario). Among the considered processes, the thermal treatment process dominates both the environmental and economic performances of ELEM. Improvements in the electrical efficiency of thermal treatment process, the calorific value of refuse derived fuel and recovery efficiencies of different waste fractions lead the performance of ELFM towards an environmentally sustainable and economically feasible direction. Although the environmental and economic profiles of ELFM will differ from case to case, the results of this analysis can be used as a benchmark for future ELFM projects. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Danthurebandara, Maheshi; Van Acker, Karel] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Dept Mat Engn, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium. [Danthurebandara, Maheshi; Van Passel, Steven] Hasselt Univ, Fac Business Econ, Ctr Environm Sci, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Vanderreydt, Ive] VITO NV, Sustainable Mat Management Unit, B-2400 Mol, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20607
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2015.01.041
ISI #: 000364796800048
ISSN: 0956-053X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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