Resource and Climate Implications of Landfill Mining A Case Study of Sweden
2013 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Ecology, ISSN 1088-1980, Vol. 17, no 5, 742-755 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study analyzes the amount of material deposited in Swedish municipal solid waste landfills, how much is extractable and recyclable, and what the resource and climate implications are if landfill mining coupled with resource recovery were to be implemented in Sweden. The analysis is based on two scenarios with different conventional separation technologies, one scenario using a mobile separation plant and the other using a more advanced stationary separation plant. Further, the approach uses Monte Carlo simulation to address the uncertainties attached to each of the different processes in the scenarios. Results show that Swedens several thousand municipal landfills contain more than 350 million tonnes (t) of material. If landfill mining combined with resource recovery is implemented using a contemporary stationary separation plant, it would be possible to extract about 7 million t of ferrous metals and 2 million t of nonferrous metals, enough to meet the demand of Swedish industry for ferrous and nonferrous metals for three and eight years, respectively. This study further shows that landfill mining could potentially lead to the equivalent of a one-time reduction of about 50 million t of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon-dioxide equivalents), corresponding to 75% of Swedens annual emissions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell: No OnlineOpen , 2013. Vol. 17, no 5, 742-755 p.
environmental assessment, industrial ecology, landfills, metals, recycling, resource recovery
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100487DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12039ISI: 000325461500012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-100487DiVA: diva2:662957