Decision support tool for collection and treatment of source-sorted organic municipal solid waste

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Waste management strategies focus on waste minimization and on better utilisation of the resources in the waste in all the Nordic countries. Better handling of municipal waste is in focus, as it is a significant waste fraction with many unused potentials. A tool for support of local decisions about handling of the municipal organic solid waste has been developed in order to cover the spectrum of technological solutions available today and further include the local conditions and priorities in the Nordic countries. The tool focuses on the most important environmental aspects without losing the national or global perspective. Further the tool is kept simple in order to secure that the necessary information can be provided locally.




The purpose of the pre-treatment stage is to separate missortings, any plastic bags used in collection or other items that can disturb the process or the quality of the residues from the organic material before anaerobic digestion or composting. Some post-treatment after biological treatment may also increase the quality of the residues. The pre-treatment stage comprise of a number of different processes such as


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