Authors:Iraia Oribe García, Cruz Enrique Borges Hernández, Ainhoa Alonso Vicario
The quantification of the sustainability degree of the waste management chain in a municipality or a region is essential to move forward a more sustainable scenario. This paper presents the WESTE methodology for holistically e valuation the waste management chain under an environmental, social, technical and economic (ESTE) perspective. The methodology allows benchmarking the sustainability degree of a case study, making comparisons among different case studies and tracking the developments over the time. As a result, 12 high level sustainability indicators have bee n defined and more than 50 intermediate and low-level indicators. 70% of the indicators are technical indicators describing the performance of the system such as the amount of waste collected or the kilometres per route. Social indicators cover the 14% of them describing mainly the behaviour of the citizens. Environmental and economic indicators account for the 16% of indicators describing the environmental impact and cost of the system.
5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management (2017)