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Model Development on Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste through Experimental Studies

Author(s): Kaliannan Saravanan | Arumugam Velumani | Kaliappan Ganesan

Journal: Modern Applied Science
ISSN 1913-1844

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2009;
Original page

The aim of this paper is to assess emissions associated with collection and transportation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for Coimbatore City located in southern India. Despite the fact that the major environmental impact is linked to the emissions of landfill gases, the study shows that vehicles carrying MSW also make a substantial contribution to the impact. A model was developed to predict and quantify the emissions released into the atmosphere. An analysis was carried out to calculate the emissions generated by the diesel vehicles carrying MSW, focussing upon different modes of speed and time interval of collection and transportation in different routes of the city.Two different vehicles were suggested to collect and transport degradable and recyclable waste to the respective treatment yard such as composting and recyclable yard for Coimbatore city. The amount of CO, CO2, HC, and NOx emissions generated by the MSW vehicles during the collection and transportation of the degradable and recyclable waste to the proposed treatment yard were quantified.  The emissions were predicted by forecasting the generation of MSW based on the population growth up to the year 2020 for Coimbatore city
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