A system dynamic modeling approach for evaluating municipal solid waste generation, landfill capacity and related cost management issues

Naushad Kollikkathara, Huan Feng, Danlin Yu

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Abstract

As planning for sustainable municipal solid waste management has to address several inter-connected issues such as landfill capacity, environmental impacts and financial expenditure, it becomes increasingly necessary to understand the dynamic nature of their interactions. A system dynamics approach designed here attempts to address some of these issues by fitting a model framework for Newark urban region in the US, and running a forecast simulation. The dynamic system developed in this study incorporates the complexity of the waste generation and management process to some extent which is achieved through a combination of simpler sub-processes that are linked together to form a whole. The impact of decision options on the generation of waste in the city, on the remaining landfill capacity of the state, and on the economic cost or benefit actualized by different waste processing options are explored through this approach, providing valuable insights into the urban waste-management process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2194-2203
Number of pages10
JournalWaste Management
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2010

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