Developing a monitoring method facilitating continual improvements in the sorting of waste at recycling centres
2010 (English)In: Waste Management, ISSN 0956-053X, E-ISSN 1879-2456, Vol. 30, no 1, 32-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Beneficial use of waste relies on efficient systems for collection and separation. In Sweden, a bring system involving recycling centres for collection of bulky, electr(on)ic and hazardous waste has been introduced. A significant share of this waste is incorrectly sorted, causing downstream environmental implications. At present, however, there is a lack of affordable and accurate monitoring methods for providing the recycling centres with the necessary facts for improving the sorting of waste. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the usability of a simplified and potentially more suitable waste monitoring method for recycling centres. This method is based on standardised observations where the occurrence of incorrect sorting is monitored by taking digital pictures of the waste which then are analysed according to certain guidelines. The results show that the developed monitoring method could offer a resource-efficient and useful tool for proactive quality work at recycling centres, involving continuous efforts in developing and evaluating measures for improved sorting of waste. More research is however needed in order to determine to what extent the obtained results from the monitoring method are reliable.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 30, no 1, 32-40 p.
waste separation, environmental performance, quality management
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21981DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2009.08.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21981DiVA: diva2:242189
Original Publication: Joakim Krook and Mats Eklund, Developing a monitoring method facilitating continual improvements in the sorting of waste at recycling centres, 2010, Waste Management, (30), 1, 32-40. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2009.08.009 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/2009-10-072009-10-072014-10-07