Systems Analysis of Refuse Disposal Alternativesby David M. Miller, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Industrial Engrg. and Operations Research, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va.,
Robert J. Craig, Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Industrial Engrg. and Operations Research, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va.,
Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 5, Pg. 935-948
Document Type: Journal Paper
This article examines the formulation and analysis of alternative methods of recovering resources from the solid waste system of a particular military base. Five alternative systems are described, and the methodology developed to evaluate and compare the alternatives is presented. Evaluation was based on discounted annual costs as well as intangible factors. An extensive sensitivity analysis was conducted. Results of the analysis are given, including the conclusion that a partial source segregation plan is the most cost-effective system for the base. The procedures and methodology described should be of use to researchers analyzing resource recovery options for private or public organizations. In addition, some of the results reported, such as cost models and waste composition data, may be directly transferable to organizations conducting similar studies.
Subject Headings: System analysis | Waste disposal | Sensitivity analysis | Model analysis | Recycling | Data processing | Organizations | Solid wastes | Military engineering | Solid mechanics
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