Environmental Case 4 (solid waste disposal)




You are employed by a local municipality as an environmental health officer and are placed in charge of solid waste disposal and management.

Case Assignment

Currently, the county disposes of their municipal solid wastes in a landfill. The landfill’s capacity will end in a few years and a new option is being considered to manage solid waste management in the county for the next 50 years. Write a paper in which you:

  1. Compare      and contrast two alternatives for the county’s solid waste disposal (for      example landfill versus incineration). Examples of factors to consider in      your analysis may include: 

- environmental impacts 

- human health impacts 

- resource conservation or recovery

-  occupational hazards for operators 

- sustainability

Select the best method for solid waste disposal in this scenario setting and explain your rationale. (Landfill, Incineration, combustion, recovery/recycling,  or plasma gasification)

Assignment Expectations

Length: 4-5 pages, APA format, scholarly sources required.

Useful Resources: (use at least one)

Marshall, R. E., & Farahbakhsh, K. (2013). Systems approaches to integrated solid waste management in developing countries. Waste Management, 33(4), 988-1003

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (2019b). Learn the basics of hazardous waste. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/hw/learn-basics-hazardous-waste#hwid

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (2019). Land, waste, and cleanup topics. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/land-waste-and-cleanup-topics

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