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The integrated waste management is intrinsically complex, because it involves various connected problems and must achieve objectives, which are often in conflict. The difficulties which arise in setting up urban waste treatment and disposal systems, are well known, as is the scarcity of the such systems as regards quantities to be managed. Integrated waste management integrates waste streams, collection and treatment methods, environmental benefit, economic optimization and societal acceptability into a practical system for any region. The key point about integrated waste management is not only how many options are used, or whether they all begin at the same time, but that it takes an overall approach. An integrated system should manage all of the waste in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

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Authors: RINALDI F M, environment Institute, Ispra (IT);NANNARIELLO G, environment Institute, Ispra (IT);PARUCINNI M, environment Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18734 EN, (1999) 97pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from CCR Ispra (IT)
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