Efficient glass and metal waste management system in Finland, conceptual study

Sirje Vares, Jarkko Lehtinen

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    In waste management, it is essential to reduce the total amount of wastes and also to enhance reuse, recycling, and utilization of waste. The main goal of this study was to formulate and assess a life cycle model for the collection of container glass with household metal waste in Finland. The benefit of using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in understanding waste management systems is that it provides a comprehensive view of the processes and impacts involved. Our study includes different collection scenarios, where flows of materials and energy in the production, collection, purification, and use of recycling glass as a secondary material were studied. Recycling is widely assumed to be environmentally beneficial. Nevertheless, it is commonly forgotten that collecting, sorting, purification and processing of materials into new products also have environmental impacts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Life Cycle Management Conference
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventLife Cycle Management Conference - Zürich, Switzerland
    Duration: 27 Aug 200729 Aug 2007


    ConferenceLife Cycle Management Conference


    • waste management
    • environmental impacts
    • recycling
    • reuse
    • logistics


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