January 20, 2007

CANADA: Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Options

A search for a current comparison of waste disposal options uncovered this report by the Recycling Council of Alberta Canada. It describes in considerable detail the various waste treatment options available for typical municipalities of 20,000, 80,000, and 200,000 inhabitants.


MSW Options: Integrating Organics Management and Residual Treatment/Disposal
Recycling Council of Alberta, April 2006

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Options: Integrating Organics Management and Residual Treatment/Disposal will assist municipalities in moving their integrated waste management systems to the “next level” in order to further conserve resources, reduce environmental impacts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, produce energy, lessen dependence on landfills and improve social acceptability.

The report provides evaluations of the following Organics Management and Residual Treatment/Disposal options:
• composting;
• anaerobic digestion;
• sanitary landfill.
• bioreactor landfill; and
• thermal treatment including incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc.

The indicators used in the evaluations included: environmental, social, economic, energy and greenhouse gases.

Here is a simple animation showing how Consutech incinerators use heat in a double chamber configuration to reduce the mass of the input feedstock.

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