A Proposal for the Management of Plastic Packaging Waste
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Akinola, A. A.
Adeyemi, I. A.
Adeyinka, F. M.
Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology
An Environmental Impact Assessment study was performed using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) technique for a range of plastic packaging waste disposal technologies, to determine which waste management strategy has the potential to provide significant environmental benefits over existing waste management strategies. Comparisons were made between the various technologies; a number of scenarios are considered to build up supply chains for the disposal process. The Life Cycles of Plastic packaging waste disposed via the Landfill, Incineration and Integrated Plastic Waste Management (IPWM) methods were compared and their environmental burdens calculated using the Eco-indicator 99 method. The Single Score and Damage Assessment revealed that IPWM offers the most significant environmental benefits. Characterization plots of the effect on Climate change , Ozone layer depletion ,Eco-toxicity , Respiratory organic and inorganic gases, Carcinogens , Radiation, Acidification/ Eutrophication, Land use and Minerals also confirmed that environmental benefits were most significant with IPWM.
Life Cycle Assessment; Integrated Plastic Waste Management; Environmental Impact Assessment; Municipal Solid Waste
Akinola, A. A., Adeyemi, I. A. and Adeyinka, F. M., (2014), A Proposal for the Management of Plastic Packaging Waste Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology (IOSR-JESTFT), e-ISSN: 2319-2402, p- ISSN: 2319-2399. 8(1), 71-78, doi:// 10.9790/2402-08117178