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Emissions from Waste Management Facilities: Frameworks for Assessment of Data Quality and Research Needs - WR0608

This report reviews a variety of waste management technologies with the view of quantifying emissions of key pollutants and identifying critical gaps in knowledge. This report follows on from the 2005 “Review of Environmental and Health Effects of Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and Similar Wastes” produced by Defra. In particular, it builds knowledge around emerging waste management technologies.

The study, reported here, covered a number of aspects, but particularly the collation of data on emissions to air and water from various waste management technologies. The study also considered the possible emissions that may arise when facilities are operating outside their normal parameters and provided information to place emissions associated with waste management into the wider context.

It should be noted that the study did not assess the potential for impacts to health or the environment. Furthermore, emissions of greenhouse gases and emissions which arise indirectly, for example through the spreading of materials on land, were not considered.

The overall aim of this research was:

To compile the currently available data on emissions from typical and upcoming networks of waste collection, treatment and disposal technologies in a format that could be used later to provide source term data for the assessment of potential impacts; to make assessments about the quality of this data and identify data gaps.
Specific objectives were to:
• define a structure of the waste collection, treatment and disposal framework to be assessed;
• review the availability and quality of emissions data from the defined waste collection, treatment and disposal scenarios;
• assess the differences in data for routine and potential non-routine operations;
• place the likely emissions from waste processing in the wider context of other routine activities;
• arrange a workshop to present key findings to stakeholders;
• identify the important data gaps needed to assess the impacts and prioritise the research needs; and
• provide a framework under which future assessments of the impact of emissions from waste processing can be commissioned.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : WR0608 Emissions from Waste Management Facilities - Final Report   (2823k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : WR0608 Emissions from Waste Management Facilities - Executive Summary   (73k)
• OTH - Other : WR0608 Emissions from Waste Management Facilities - Context Note   (49k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2011

Cost: £149,325
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Resources Management - London
Environment and Health              
Environmental Protection              
Risk assessment and management              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management