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Life Cycle Assessment of Municipal Solid Wastes: Development of Wasted Software

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posted on 2021-05-23, 17:53 authored by Rodrigo Diaz
This thesis introduces WASTED (Waste Analysis Software Tool for Enironmental Decisions). It is a computer-based model that uses life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to estimate material flows and environmental impacts of solid waste management. The model consists of a number of separate submodels that describe a typical waste management process. These models are combined to represent a complete waste management system. Based on LCA methodologies, WASTED uses compensatory systems in order to account for the avoided impacts derived from energy recovery and material recycling. In this manner, a comprehensive "cradle-to-grave" analysis of waste management is possible. The purpose of this project is to provide waste managers, environmental researchers and decision makers with a tool that helps them to evaluate waste management plans and to improve the environmental performance of waste management strategies.





Master of Applied Science


Environmental Applied Science and Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Mostafa A. Warith