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>> Important Links of the Issue : Solid Waste Management
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Management of Selected Materials
in Municipal Solid Waste
(1.2M pdf)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA#530-R-98-013, 1998.
Integrates a wealth of information on GHG implications of various municipal solid waste management options source reduction, recycling, composting, combustion, and landfilling. Provides GHG emission factors for the following items: newspaper; office paper; corrugated cardboard; aluminum cans; steel cans; glass containers; plastic (HDPE, LDPE, and PET); food scraps; yard trimmings; and mixed municipal solid waste, mixed recyclables, and mixed paper.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors for Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste
Text (79k pdf)
Slides (375k pdf)
These documents summarize methodology and findings of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste (1.2M pdf) report. Describes greenhouse gas sources and sinks associated with materials in the municipal solid waste stream and provides a table of emission factors for various waste management options.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors for Municipal Waste Combustion (176k pdf)
Summarizes the methodology and findings of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste report, focusing briefly on methodologic considerations for estimating greenhouse gas emissions associated with combustion.
Evaluating the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of National Waste Prevention Activities: The U.S. Experience
Text (103k pdf)
Slides (232k pdf)
Outlines U.S. EPA's Climate Change and Waste Program by describing the program's research and technical assistance, program implementation, and outreach and education activities.

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Reductions from State Actions (35k pdf)
This is a helpful reference document for states planning to incorporate municipal solid waste management actions into a statewide GHG mitigation action plan. It includes a sample plan for waste management mitigation actions. See the State Actions section for other examples of state mitigation plans.

 

 

 

 

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