Formulation and comparative evaluation of alternative MSW management plans for Greece

This paper deals with the management of the domestic type of Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) in Greece and aims at the analysis of existing Regional plans, the formulation and analysis of a new National plan and the comparative evaluation of the above alternatives. The Regional plans use numerous Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF) and biological drying as the principal method of waste pre-treatment.

The new National plan, developed so as to be compatible with the applicable EU Directives and satisfy the basic principles of rational management, uses three central IWMFs and Aerobic MBT with material recovery as the principal method of waste treatment. The results of the analysis show that the existing Regional plans are capital intensive requiring 4.3 times (3.7 billion €) higher capital investment by 2020 and their annual cost is 2.1 times (590 million €/y) higher compared to the new National plan. Perhaps more importantly, the Regional plans are found to be fundamentally incompatible with the applicable EU Directives and this problem can only be addressed through massive reliance on “new technologies” (gasification and/or pyrolysis with the products used as chemicals), which are not proven for industrial size installations.



Copyright: © Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Source: 2nd International Conference 2009 (Juni 2009)
Pages: 14
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Autor: A.P. Economopoulos

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