Waste Management Practices: Literature Review

The purpose of this literature review is to gain an understanding of waste management planning concepts, frameworks, strategies, and components that are current and emerging in the field. A particular focus is given to literature which pertains to the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition (C&D) waste with a greater emphasis placed on information useful to organizations in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector. The crucial elements of a comprehensive waste management plan are examined in detail. Specific information is given on the characteristics of MSW, existing frameworks, emerging trends, and important considerations. The literature review findings will be used in the development of an ICI waste management best practices guide for Nova Scotia. The literature review findings will aim to answer the following questions:

- What components are essential in a comprehensive waste management plan?
- What types of considerations should a NS ICI sector organization contemplate in developing a
waste management plan?
- What is the range of options that exists in forming a waste management plan?

Author: 
Davidson, Gary
Publisher: 
Dalhousie University - Office of Sustainability
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Date Published: 
2011

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