You are employed by a local municipality as an environmental health officer and are placed in charge of solid waste disposal and management.
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:
- 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
Select the best method for solid waste disposal in this scenario setting and explain your rationale. (Landfill, Incineration, combustion, recovery/recycling, or plasma gasification)
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