Sustainability of the pneumatic waste collection system in a dense urban area

Henna Punkkinen, Nea Teerioja, Katja Moliis, Elina Merta, Johannes Jermakka, Eveliina Kuvaja

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    The environmental loads and costs of a hypothetical pneumatic waste collection system modelled for a dense urban area in Helsinki, Finland, are calculated and the results are compared to those of the prevailing container based, vehicle operated waste collection system. Methods for evaluation are life cycle inventory (LCI) and social life cycle costing (SLCC). The results indicate that replacing the prevailing system with stationary pneumatic waste collection in existing urban infrastructure generates more air emissions and increases costs of waste collection significantly. Locally, in the waste collection area, emissions nonetheless diminish, since collection traffic reduces. In the environmental analysis electricity consumption and the origin of energy have a significant effect on the results, but decisive are the emissions from manufacturing the system components. In the economic analysis, investments likewise determine the results. Speculations on population density and land use, however, are of importance, when economic viability is discussed
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSardinia 2011: proceedings of the thirteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
    Subtitle of host publicationexecutive summaries
    Place of PublicationCagliari
    PublisherCisa Publisher
    ISBN (Print)978-88-6265-000-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSardinia 2011, XIII International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium - Sardinia, Italy
    Duration: 3 Oct 20117 Oct 2011


    ConferenceSardinia 2011, XIII International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium


    • Stationary pneumatic waste collection
    • life cycle inventory (LCI)
    • social life cycle costing (SLCC)


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