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Approach to assess the performance of waste management systems towards a circular economy: waste management system development stage concept (WMS-DSC)

Campitelli, Alessio ; Kannengießer, Jan ; Schebek, Liselotte (2022):
Approach to assess the performance of waste management systems towards a circular economy: waste management system development stage concept (WMS-DSC). (Publisher's Version)
In: MethodsX, 9, Elsevier, ISSN 2215-0161,
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020816,
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Title: Approach to assess the performance of waste management systems towards a circular economy: waste management system development stage concept (WMS-DSC)
Language: English
Abstract:

In this paper a novel holistic approach to assess the performance of waste management systems (WMSs) is presented. The so called WMS development stage concept (WMS-DSC) can be used by practitioners or decision makers to assess primarily the WMS at the municipal level. The WMS categorization into development stages notably enables a clear identification of symptoms, the causes of possible waste mismanagement and potential measures for improvement. The concept can be used to (i) assess the status quo of a WMS and, based on this, identify possible measures for implementation; (ii) check whether relevant system conditions to implement a specific measure are met; (iii) monitor the progress of a WMS; and (iv) compare the WMSs of different cities. The concept consists of five development stages: stage 1 – absence or lack of essential elements of waste management; stage 2 – reliable collection and improved landfill sites; stage 3 – separate collection and sorting; stage 4 – expansion of the recycling industry; and stage 5 – circular economy (CE), waste as a resource. While stage 1 describes the absence of or a very immature and malfunctioning WMS, stage 5 stands for a fully implemented CE. By equating the highest stage to the objectives that have evolved today globally for a sustainable CE, this concept can be used to identify targets and the most suitable steps for an individual WMS towards a future best practice of CE.

• A holistic approach to assess waste management systems’ performance is presented.

• A benchmarking tool to estimate the circular economy (CE) evolvement in cities.

• Usable for cities both in the Global North and South to identify CE potentials.

Journal or Publication Title: MethodsX
Volume of the journal: 9
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: Elsevier
Collation: 15 Seiten
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benchmark, developing countries, leapfrogging, global north, global south, municipal solid waste, holistic, monitoring
Classification DDC: 500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik > 570 Biowissenschaften, Biologie
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute IWAR
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2022 12:06
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 09:14
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020816
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URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-208160
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/20816
PPN: 495284009
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