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Inconsistent pathways of household waste
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4025-9071
Department of Food, Health and Environment, University of Gothenburg.
HB Anttilator, Stagnellsgatan 3, SE, 652 23, Karlstad.
2009 (English)In: Waste Management, ISSN 0956-053X, E-ISSN 1879-2456, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 1798-1806Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to provide policy-makers and waste management planners with information about how recycling programs affect the quantities of specific materials recycled and disposed of. Two questions were addressed: which factors influence household waste generation and pathways? and how reliable are official waste data? Household waste flows were studied in 35 Swedish municipalities, and a wide variation in the amount of waste per capita was observed. When evaluating the effect of different waste collection policies, it was found to be important to identify site-specific factors influencing waste generation. Eleven municipal variables were investigated in an attempt to explain the variation. The amount of household waste per resident was higher in populous municipalities and when net commuting was positive. Property-close collection of dry recyclables led to increased delivery of sorted metal, plastic and paper packaging. No difference was seen in the amount of separated recyclables per capita when weight-based billing for the collection of residual waste was applied, but the amount of residual waste was lower. Sixteen sources of error in official waste statistics were identified and the results of the study emphasize the importance of reliable waste generation and composition data to underpin waste management policies.

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2009. Vol. 29, no 6, p. 1798-1806
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Waste Science and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9836DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2008.12.004ISI: 000265562200003PubMedID: 19167877Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-63349094731Local ID: 885cc8c0-f486-11dd-a323-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-9836DiVA, id: diva2:982774
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Validerad; 2009; 20090206 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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