Assessment of advanced biological solid waste treatment technologies for sustainability

Duygu Yasar, Nurcin Celik

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53.8% of annually generated US Municipal Solid Waste was discarded in landfills by 2012. However, landfills fail to provide a sustainable solution to manage the waste. The State of Florida has responded to the need of establishing sustainable SWM systems by setting an ambitious 75% recycling goal to be achieved by 2020. To this end, Advanced Biological Treatment (ABT) and Thermal Treatment (ATT) of municipal solid waste premise a sustainable solution to manage the waste as it drastically reduces the volume of waste discarded in landfills and produces biogas that can be used to generate energy. In this chapter, ABT and ATT technologies are analyzed; and their advantages and disadvantages are examined from a sustainability perspective. A comprehensive top-to-bottom assessment of ABT technologies is provided for Florida using Analytic Hierarchy Process based on the collected subject matter expert rankings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Science and Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781522517993
ISBN (Print)9781522517986
StatePublished - Jan 11 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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