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Integrated approach to the assessment of waste management systems within the SEA framework

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This paper addresses the problem of evaluating the environmental performances of Urban Waste Systems. Specifically, the paper refers to the crucial problem of environmentally analysing the Urban Waste System Management Process. The application of the Dashboard of Sustainability has been deliberately suggested. The method has been selected because of its intrinsic simplicity and because it can provide the simultaneous evaluation of indicators which refer to different fields, such as the Environment, Economics and Quality in Institutional Services. The method has been applied to the city of Palermo. The results obtained have been compared to a couple of ideal scenarios.

Keywords: solid waste management, strategic environmental assessment, SEA, sustainability, decision making, sustainable development, environmental management, urban waste evaluation, Italy, environmental performance

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