The purpose of this module is to introduce concepts in solid waste collection, including the types of vehicles used; issues in solid waste collection including private and public operations; modeling and characterization of solid waste collection; and alternative fuels and emissions for solid waste collection vehicles.

Solid waste collection is a very important part of management of solid waste, and waste collection can contribute up to 40% of the overall cost of solid waste management. Waste collection also contributes to the air emissions and fossil fuel consumption required to effectively manage solid waste. Understanding the process of waste collection is important for minimizing energy use and emissions in solid waste management.

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