Accession Number:

AD1076842

Title:

A Life Cycle Analysis of DoD Expeditionary Waste Management Practices using SimaPro

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Sep 2017,31 Mar 2019

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2019-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

73.0

Abstract:

The United States Department of Defense DoD is investigating improved waste management techniques. Current techniques tax already limited land and energy resources at contingency bases and impart additional logistical support requirements and personnel commitments. Seeking a solution to this growing problem, the DoD is investigating waste-to-energy WTE systems to reduce the volume of hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes while generating low emissions. The current barriers to the acquisition and utilization of viable WTE technologies are the high capital and operating and maintenance costs. Using the Life-Cycle Analysis software SimaPro, the human health, environmental quality, and climate change impacts of DoD expeditionary waste management practices were compared. These calculated impacts and the economic impacts confirm that the open-air burning of waste is not only dangerous to humans and the environment, but is costly to the US government. Considering the economic effects and the mitigated human and environmental health impacts, WTE technologies may be a viable waste management strategy for the DoD.

Subject Categories:

  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE