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Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation Through the Effective Management of Waste

  • Allan YeeEmail author
  • Mark Brostrom
  • Christian Felske
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Part of the Springer Environmental Science and Engineering book series (SPRINGERENVIRON)

Abstract

This discussion places the various components of the City of Edmonton’s waste management system within the context of its environmental strategic plan and its follow-on implementation document for managing greenhouse gas emissions. The concept of a waste management hierarchy which integrates social and environmental considerations into a framework that can be used for decision making alongside financial affordability is also presented. The evolution of Edmonton’s current waste system is described and then various chains of reasoning and detailed methodologies are discussed for quantifying the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions associated with a number of waste activities that the City currently practices or advocates. The real life examples provided demonstrate that practices resulting from decisions made following the principles of the waste management hierarchy can also be expected to yield benefits in terms of reduced emissions.

Keywords

Waste management hierarchy GHG emissions Municipal solid waste management Climate change mitigation policy landfill gas Composity Recycling Grasscycling 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to acknowledge the technical support of other City of Edmonton staff, specifically Sarah Larlee, Heather Speers and Hamid Wardak, for their yeoman development of spreadsheets for quantifying various emissions and chasing down obscure references. Quo fas et gloria ducunt.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waste Management ServicesCity of EdmontonAlbertaCanada
  2. 2.Office of EnvironmentCity of EdmontonAlbertaCananda
  3. 3.Waste Management ServicesCity of EdmontonAlbertaCananda

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