Assessment of waste disposal vs resource recovery
Author: J.E. Cavanagh (Landcare Research)
This assessment provides a focus on what benefits or costs arise from different waste management activities (disposal, diversion and collection) that are common across New Zealand.
Within the constraints of the current assessment, the social benefit generated by waste diversion activities, and in particular community-based operations are the key difference between waste disposal and diversion scenarios; small-scale community based operations deliver the greatest social benefit per dollar spent on activities. Resource and environmental costs were greatest for landfilling operations (including refuse transfer operations), and were typically small (relative to economic activity) for other scenarios. Collection activities can comprise significant additional costs and benefits to disposal or diversion activities.
Assessment of Waste Disposal vs Resource Recovery
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|4.4||Interpretation of the sustainability profile||13|
|5.2||Processing of recyclable materials||22|
|Appendix 1 - Data input for SAM||43|
|Appendix 2 - Estimation of environmental and resource use||46|