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According to researchers, an inappropriate design of a container system could unnecessarily aggravate the impact on the environment when collecting and transporting urban waste.

According to researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, an inappropriate design of a container system could unnecessarily aggravate the impact on the environment when collecting and transporting urban waste. In addition, an inadequate container capacity, a bad distribution or an improper use at the urban level, could worsen the environmental impact.

One of the researchers involved in the study, Javier Pérez, stated that “the results suggest that the installed containers in Maria cause a climate change impact of 3,907 tons per year of CO2 equivalent, which is 1.22 kg per inhabitant per year.”

Phys.org has more details:

Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid suggest a new methodology to assess the environmental impact of the containers used for the collection of urban waste.

An inappropriate design of a container system might unnecessarily aggravate the impact on the environment when collecting and transporting urban waste. This is the major conclusion of a team of researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid after carrying out a systematic evaluation of the urban containerization system.

The procedure, which is applicable to other cities and areas, allows researchers to assess the existing differences among the administrative units in which a territory is divided, to detect anomalies and suggest corrective measures to minimize the impact on environment when collecting urban waste.

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