Waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities are not the best environmental option for managing leftover waste and they are not a bridge to a Zero Waste future, as claimed by the WTE industry. After maximizing their source-separated recycling and composting efforts, communities looking to minimize the environmental impacts of their remaining waste should pursue an Material Recovery Biological Treatment-to-landfill system (MRBT) because it recovers the greatest amount of additional recyclables, stabilizes the organic fraction of the residuals, reduces the amount of material to be disposed of in a landfill, and minimizes the negative environmental and public health impacts of landfilling leftovers compared to the available alternative technologies. This study shows that it is reasonable to conclude that the MRBT option is not only the best environmental practice for disposing of residuals, but it is also the best community strategic option as well. MRBT is not a replacement or substitution for source-separated recycling and composting, but it is a valuable tool for helping communities reduce the environmental impacts from the disposal of their leftovers on the way to Zero Waste.Link to 'What is the best disposal option for “Leftovers” on the way to Zero Waste?'
LINK sito COMMISSIONE EUROPEA: http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/orep/what-is-the-best-disposal-option-for-leftovers-on-the-way-to-zero-waste/
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