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Investigating sustainable transport policies for solid household waste disposal: Case study in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Patrizia Franco, Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE, Dr Fabio Galatioto


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Waste Strategy 2007 sets targets for a sustainable management of solid waste in England and Wales, establishing the amount of waste recovered through recycling, composting and energy generation. In the past municipal waste travelled small distances, no more than 20 miles from source to disposal (STRAW, 2006) and collection was all focused on minimising road transport. Today the vision of waste management, set out in Directive 99/31/EC, is to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and consider waste as a resource, recovering materials that are of financial benefit to local councils during a period of severe budget constraints. However, given also the pressing need to reduce carbon emission by 67% by 2050 over 2010 levels, the increasing transport cost and logistical complexity of dealing with waste recycling introduce the need to plan carefully where waste reprocessing facilities should be located. This paper will present the comprehensive analysis of transport of household waste data made available from North East (NE) local authorities. This allows the inefficiency in current management practices to be identified. Based on a survey of the literature, potential ways to provide alternative strategies that promote intermodal transport for waste movement will be presented alongside a micro scale estimation of the emissions impact of different approaches to collect household waste in a residential area in Tyne and Wear used as case study.

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Author(s): Franco P, Bell MC, Galatioto F

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 45th UTSG Annual Conference

Year of Conference: 2013