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Optimal sequence of landfills in solid waste management

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André García, Francisco Javier and Cerdá Tena, Emilio (2001) Optimal sequence of landfills in solid waste management. Optimal Control Applications and Methods, 22 (5-6). pp. 205-229. ISSN 0143-2087

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Given that landfills are depletable and replaceable resources, the right approach, when dealing with landfill management, is that of designing an optimal sequence of landfills rather than designing every single landfill separately. In this paper we use Optimal Control models, with mixed elements of both continuous and discrete time problems, to determine an optimal sequence of landfills, as regarding their capacity and lifetime. The resulting optimization problems involve splitting a time horizon of planning into several subintervals, the length of which has to be decided. In each of the subintervals some costs, the amount of which depends on the value of the decision variables, have to be borne. The obtained results may be applied to other economic problems such as private and public investments, consumption decisions on durable goods, etc.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Optimal control, Optimal capacity, Landfilling, Recycling.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Public economy
Social sciences > Economics > Economic planning
Social sciences > Economics > Industrial organization
ID Code:39521
Deposited On:21 Oct 2016 08:51
Last Modified:21 Oct 2016 08:51

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