Potential impacts of an energy crisis on waste management systems

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Issue Date
2011-01-07
Authors
Schmidt, Tara J.
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Refuse and refuse disposal
Power resources
Power resources--Costs
Alberta Capital Region
Alberta
Edmonton (Alta.)
Case studies (Research methodology)
Surveys (Research methodology)
Interviews (Research methodology)
Capital Region Board (Alta.)
Abstract
Waste management systems are created based on a careful balance of interrelated factors, a variety of players, and diverse political, social, and economic landscapes. The purpose of this study is to identify the impacts to waste management caused by limited supply or increased cost of energy. A case study was created based on the Alberta Capital Region using literature review, surveys and interviews to identify how energy is used throughout the various phases of waste management, from collection through to disposal and diversion, and what the factors are that affect the organization and infrastructure selected for the waste management system. The results of this study conclude that there are economic, social, environmental, political, and decision-making impacts related to an energy crisis. In particular, it was concluded that an energy crisis will cause social and economic stresses that will result in organizational and infrastructure changes to waste management.
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