Environmental assessment of Ammassuo Landfill (Finland) by means of LCA-modelling (EASEWASTE)

Department of Energy and Environmental Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland.
Waste Management & Research (Impact Factor: 1.11). 06/2009; 27(5):542-50. DOI: 10.1177/0734242X08096976
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The Old Ammässuo Landfill (Espoo, Finland) covers an area of 52 hectares and contains about 10 million tonnes of waste that was landfilled between 1987 and 2007. The majority of this waste was mixed, of which about 57% originated from households. This paper aims at describing the management of the Old Ammässuo Landfill throughout its operational lifetime (1987-2007), and at developing an environmental evaluation based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) using the EASEWASTE-model. The assessment criteria evaluate specific categories of impact, including standard impact categories, toxicity-related impact categories and an impact categorized as spoiled groundwater resources (SGR). With respect to standard and toxicity-related impact categories, the LCA results show that substantial impact potentials are estimated for global warming (GW), ozone depletion (OD), human toxicity via soil (HTs) and ecotoxicity in water chronic (ETwc). The largest impact potential was found for SGR and amounted to 57.6 person equivalent (PE) per tonne of landfilled waste. However, the SGR impact may not be viewed as a significant issue in Finland as the drinking water is mostly supplied from surface water bodies. Overall, the results demonstrate that gas management has great importance to the environmental performance of the Old Ammässuo Landfill. However, several chemicals related to gas composition (especially trace compounds) and specific emissions from on-site operations were not available or were not measured and were therefore taken from the literature. Measurement campaigns and field investigations should be undertaken in order to obtain a more robust and comprehensive dataset that can be used in the LCA-modelling, before major improvements regarding landfill management are finalized.

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    • "roved that site - specific data are essential for consistent data . Additionally , the results for global warming of the scenario ' land - fill ' and scenario 5 ' landfill with 20% recycling ' could have less environmental burden as it can be assumed that there is a lower production of biogas under Siberian versus European climatic con - ditions . Niskanen et al . ( 2009 ) also confirmed that a detailed data - set about special parameters such as gas composition or gas production from the landfill , which can be entered in the LCA model need to be obtained in order to get reliable results . Thereafter , improvement of the landfill can be planned . The time period cho - sen for the landfilling process al"
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    • "• Provision of electricity used for light on the site, administration buildings, pumps and fans. This may amount to 2– 12 kWh tonne –1 waste landfilled (Hunziker & Paterna 1995, Niskanen et al. 2009). Provision of electricity is here counted as 0.1–0.9 "
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    ABSTRACT: Background, aim, and scopeThe management of municipal solid waste and the associated environmental impacts are subject of growing attention in industrialized countries. European Union has recently strongly emphasized the role of LCA in its waste and resource strategies. The development of sustainable solid waste management systems applying a life cycle perspective requires readily understandable tools for modeling the life cycle impacts of waste management systems. The aim of the paper is to demonstrate the structure, functionalities, and LCA modeling capabilities of the PC-based life cycle-oriented waste management model EASEWASTE, developed at the Technical University of Denmark specifically to meet the needs of the waste system developer with the objective to evaluate the environmental performance of the various elements of existing or proposed solid waste management systems. Materials and methodsThe EASEWASTE model supports a full life cycle assessment of any user-defined residential, bulky, or garden waste management system. The model focuses on the major components of the waste and reviews each component in terms of the available waste management options, including biogasification and composting, thermal treatment, use on land, material sorting and recycling, bottom and fly ash handling, material and energy utilization, and landfilling. In order to allow the use of the model in an early stage where local data may be limited, default data sets are provided for waste composition and quantities as well as for the waste technologies mentioned above. The model calculates environmental impacts and resource consumptions and allows the user to trace all impacts to their source in a waste treatment processes or in a specific waste material fraction. In addition to the traditional impact indicators, EASEWASTE incorporates impact categories on stored ecotoxicity, specifically developed for representation of the long-term impacts of persistent pollutants in landfilled waste. The model reports data at any stage of the LCA and supports identification of most sensitive parameters as well as overall sensitivity analysis and material balances for all substances passing through the system. Results and discussionThe structure of the model is presented, and its functionalities are demonstrated on a hypothetical case study based on waste data from a large Danish municipality. The aim of the case is to demonstrate new waste treatment technologies and their modeling capabilities as well as the LCA modeling capabilities in EASEWASTE to identify the most important impact categories and the main sources of contributions to these in the system for treating the waste. 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    The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 05/2010; 15(4):403-416. DOI:10.1007/s11367-010-0156-7 · 3.99 Impact Factor
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