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RCRA Online Number:51284
Title:Solid Waste Management and Greenhouse Gases: A Life-Cycle Assessment of Emissions and Sinks; 3rd Edition
Document Date:09/01/2006
Description:This report examines how municipal solid waste management and climate change are related. Management of municipal solid waste presents many opportunities for greenhouse gas emission reductions. Source reduction and recycling can reduce emissions at the manufacturing stage, increase forest carbon storage, and avoid landfill methane emissions. Combustion of waste allows energy recovery to displace fossil fuel-generated electricity from utilities, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the utility sector and landfill methane emissions. Diverting organic materials from landfills also reduces methane emissions.
Topics:Municipal Solid Waste, Combustion of Hazardous Waste, Landfills, Source Reduction, Recycling
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EPA Publication Number:530-R-06-004
NTIS Number:NA
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Non-Regulatory Guidance:No


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