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Alternativ avfallsinsamling i urbaniserade områden: En fallstudie av möjligheten att införa ett automatiserat sopsugsystem i centrala Göteborg
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Alternatives to municipal solid waste management in dense urban areas : A case study on the possibility of implementing an automated vacuum collection system for refuse handling in central Gothenburg (English)
Abstract [en]

Municipal waste management aims to collect waste from people and businesses in a sustainable manner. Today's waste management relies on an old container system which is simple and flexible. There are some problems with this type of management for both waste generators and collectors. The working environment is not the best for municipal waste collectors, there is heavy lifting and risk elements in the handling of containers and bags. There are also risks involved with heavy vehicles moving in sensitive areas such as residential areas and around schools. Forecasts show that most urbanized areas are expected to grow further for some time. This creates problems of increasing waste volumes, thereby increasing traffic. This makes it interesting to evaluate new and existing solutions of the collection and transportation of municipal solid waste.

The study aims to identify the current municipal solid waste management theories and evaluate the opportunities that exist to develop the theory forward with focus on the collection in urban areas. The study intends to review whether it is economically feasible to implement automated vacuum systems in existing infrastructure. The theory shows that it is often possible to implement this in new construction projects, but the research is vague and inadequate regarding implementation in existing infrastructure.

The case study examines whether implementation of an automated vacuum collection system is possible in central Gothenburg. The analysis assesses the financial feasibility of the implementation. Specifically, the unused surface of the refuse rooms can be utilized differently, thus reducing the costs that arise initially.

The study shows that it will be profitable to implement an automated vacuum system in the study area since the initial investment can be offset through the alternative use of the floor space in the waste rooms. The study results suggest that other areas in existing infrastructure can implement similar solutions without economic losses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
AWCS, AVCS, Municipal Solid Waste, Automated Waste handling, Underground waste solutions
Keyword [sv]
Avfallshantering, Sopsugsystem, Vakuumsystem, Automatiserade system
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38084OAI: diva2:858063
External cooperation
Renova AB
Educational program
Engineering: Industrial Engineering and Management (300 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-10-01 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2015-10-01Bibliographically approved

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