Climate and Waste Archives
The archives on this page are here for purposes of comparison to our new material, and to maintain a historical record of publications. For analysis or presentation purposes, users should refer to the updated materials available on the Publications or WARM pages on this Web site.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste - Final Report, September 1998 (PDF) (160 pp, 3.3MB)
This report is the first edition of the updated report, Solid Waste Management and Greenhouse Gases: A Life-Cycle Assessment of Emissions and Sinks. Many of the emission factors and underlying data and assumptions have since been revised. In addition, the second edition includes emission factors for new material categories (e.g., phone books, mixed metals).
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factors for Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste, February 1999 (PDF) (6 pp, 77.4K)
This paper summarizes the methodology and findings of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) report (above), and describes GHG sources and sinks associated with materials in the municipal solid waste stream and provides a table of emission factors for various waste management options.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors for Municipal Waste Combustion, April 1999 (PDF) (11 pp, 172K)
Summarizes the methodology and findings of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Management of Selected Materials in Municipal Solid Waste report, focusing briefly on methodological considerations for estimating GHG emissions associated with combustion.
Presentation at R'99 4th World Conference, February 4, 1999 (PDF) (21 pp, 232K)
Provides an overview of municipal solid waste (MSW) practices in the U.S., the impact of MSW on U.S. GHG emissions, climate change programs under EPA's Office of Solid Waste, and GHG emission factors for waste management.
Presentation to the National Association of Counties, February 27, 1999 (PDF) (28 pp, 261K)
Discusses the link between climate change and solid waste management, research efforts and results, and related programs under EPA's Office of Solid Waste.
Estimating GHG Reductions From State Actions to Improve Solid Waste Management Practices, December 1997 (PDF) (10 pp, 34K)
This is the original version of the revised report, Estimating GHG Reductions From State Actions to Improve Solid Waste Management Practices. This report has since been updated with more recent data on energy use and emissions, and includes emission factors for five new material types.
Energy Impacts of Waste Management, June 2002 (PDF) (3 pp, 481.7K)
This paper summarizes the energy impacts of waste management for common material types, utilizing the life-cycle analysis data from EPA's GHG and municipal solid waste management report listed above. The paper provides a table of energy factors for different waste management methods and a methodology for calculating the energy impacts of different waste management practices. For a current version of this report, please visit the Reports, Papers and Publications page.