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Solar-Powered Compaction Garbage Bins in Public Areas: A Preliminary Economic and Environmental Evaluation

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  • Poppy Jane Coleman

    () (School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia)

  • Long Duc Nghiem

    () (School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia)

Abstract

An excel-based model was developed to evaluate economic and environmental benefits of the solar-powered compaction garbage bins in public areas in Australia. Input data were collected from Brisbane and Wollongong City councils, and Sydney Olympic Park. The results demonstrate that solar-powered compaction garbage bins would provide environmental benefits in all scenarios. However, results of the economic analysis of the three studied areas varied significantly. The unique situation of Sydney Olympic Park made implementation in that facility particularly appealing. A lower monthly rental cost is needed for the implementation of this novel waste management practice.

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  • Poppy Jane Coleman & Long Duc Nghiem, 2010. "Solar-Powered Compaction Garbage Bins in Public Areas: A Preliminary Economic and Environmental Evaluation," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(2), pages 1-9, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:524-532:d:7094
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    Keywords

    solar-powered compaction garbage bins; public areas; waste management; greenhouse gas emission;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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