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Process-based analysis of waste management systems: A case study


This paper presents an analysis, using process simulation, of the waste management system applied in a collection basin located in the south of Paris (France). The study was conducted in close cooperation with the "SYCTOM of Paris agglomeration", an operator in charge of managing 2.5 million tons/yr of municipal solid waste in the Paris area. The analysis includes a description of the current situation of waste management in this collection basin, the construction and calibration of a simulator that reproduces this situation, the simulation of scenarios that account for possible future changes in waste flows and treatment options and finally a comparison of scenario results. Results illustrate the interest of a process-based approach to waste management systems. Such an approach is complementary to life cycle analyses, which usually rely on more generic descriptions of waste treatment units. The detailed analysis of a waste management system using local data on waste streams and treatment units provides technical indicators of system efficiency expressed in terms of recycling rates, energy recovery, emission fluxes and costs. Such information can help reach a consensus with respect to the actual situation of waste management and provides decision-makers with quantitative arguments that can be brought into the public debate.

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hal-00514085 , version 1 (01-09-2010)



Jacques Villeneuve, Pascale Michel, D. Fournet, C. Lafon, Yannick Menard, et al.. Process-based analysis of waste management systems: A case study. Waste Management, 2009, 29 (1), p. 2-11. ⟨10.1016/j.wasman.2007.12.008⟩. ⟨hal-00514085⟩


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