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Integrated solid waste management (ISWM) is used in order to sustain social and environmental quality within a city by using various treatment methods in parallel. On the other hand, in developing countries, solid waste management is one of the biggest challenges in the large cities. The increase in the population, thus the waste generation arises budget deficits for municipalities due to high management costs. The current waste disposal and management method applied in North Cyprus causes pollution to the nature including air, soil, and water due to insufficient leachate and landfill gas management. The purpose of this study is to indicate the optimal solid waste management option for North Cyprus. Local solid waste characteristics data is used to create a data-set that is used for the evaluation. To measure the environmental impacts, life cycle assessment method is used over the current landfilling as well as four other possible solid waste management scenarios. The scenarios comprise of various combinations of different management options. As a result, due to highest proportion of recyclable waste followed by organic waste, the results indicate that applying composting facility together with material recovery facility additional to landfilling demonstrates lower environmental impacts over a long-term period.


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Citation Formats
M. Erhun, “LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN NORTH CYPRUS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.