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Application of the Lifecycle Approach for designing an integrated system for sustainable waste management

In International Conference on Solid Waste Management and Recycling 5 September 2013

Waste management is a critical issue in urban areas due to increases in its daily generation and the shortage of natural resources. The conventional approach of ‘collection and disposal’ is no longer acceptable in terms of sustainable socio-economic development and environmental conservation. Under these high pressures, an integrated approach that considers the lifecycle impacts of waste management such as the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) is an alternative for cities in both developed and developing countries. This paper introduces success stories where the implementation of the 3Rs has been successful, in terms of sustainable waste management, in Japan (as a developed country) and Thailand (as a developing country). The two cases used different technologies but shared the common aims of enhancing resource utilization, saving landfill space, reducing environmental impacts, decreasing the budget for waste treatment and so on.


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