LCA as a decision-supporting tool in planning integrated municipal solid waste management is not yet widely used in Italy. This paper presents a study concerning the application of the LCA methodology to support the development of the new waste management plan for the Bologna District. The main goal of the study was to show decision-makers at political level the benefits obtainable with the use of LCA, in terms of the identification and quantification of the potential environmental impacts of different waste management strategies. The integrated waste management system of the Bologna District includes waste collection and transport, sorting, recycling, composting, incineration and land-filling. Three scenarios, referring to 2006 and foreshadow the presence of 950,000 inhabitants and the production of ~566,000 tonnes of waste in the District, have been compared. A detailed model has been developed in order to capture effects related to the waste fraction from separated collection and to the different waste treatments. The discussion of the results has focussed in particular on the greenhouse effect and the acidification potential. On the basis of the results obtained, the analysis of an additional scenario characterised by a further increase in separated collection has been put forward.

LCA of integrated MSW management systems: Case study of the Bologna District

BONOLI, ALESSANDRA;
2007

Abstract

LCA as a decision-supporting tool in planning integrated municipal solid waste management is not yet widely used in Italy. This paper presents a study concerning the application of the LCA methodology to support the development of the new waste management plan for the Bologna District. The main goal of the study was to show decision-makers at political level the benefits obtainable with the use of LCA, in terms of the identification and quantification of the potential environmental impacts of different waste management strategies. The integrated waste management system of the Bologna District includes waste collection and transport, sorting, recycling, composting, incineration and land-filling. Three scenarios, referring to 2006 and foreshadow the presence of 950,000 inhabitants and the production of ~566,000 tonnes of waste in the District, have been compared. A detailed model has been developed in order to capture effects related to the waste fraction from separated collection and to the different waste treatments. The discussion of the results has focussed in particular on the greenhouse effect and the acidification potential. On the basis of the results obtained, the analysis of an additional scenario characterised by a further increase in separated collection has been put forward.
A. Bonoli; P. Buttol; P. Masoni
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