Issue
Agron. Sustain. Dev.
Volume 25, Number 4, October-December 2005
Page(s) 447 - 453
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/agro:2005045
Agron. Sustain. Dev. 25 (2005) 447-453
DOI: 10.1051/agro:2005045

Improving waste management in protected horticulture

M.A. Antóna, P. Muñoza, F. Castellsb, J.I. Monteroa and M. Solivac

a  Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentària, Centre de Cabrils, 08348, Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain
b  Dept. D'Enginyeria Química, ESTEQ, Univ. Rovira Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
c  Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Agrícola de Barcelona, C/ Urgell, 187, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

(Accepted 11 May 2005)

Abstract - One of the greatest problems associated with greenhouse horticulture is the amount of solid waste e.g. steel, plastics and non-yield biomass, that it produces. In this study, we used life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with crop processes and to investigate the relative importance of different waste management options applied in protected horticulture. Four waste management scenarios were analysed: (a) non-yield biomass was composted and other materials were disposed of in landfill; (b) all waste was disposed of in landfill; (c) all waste was incinerated; and (d) non-yield biomass was composted and other materials were incinerated. The study revealed that source segregation followed by the composting of biodegradable matter was the best way of managing waste to improve the impact assessment for most impact categories considered. Segregation of non-yield biomass and its composting reduced the environmental burden for most of the impact categories considered, reaching its maximum value in the category of climate change, which it was possible to reduce by between 40% and 70% depending, respectively, on the option considered; landfill or incineration.


Key words: compost / greenhouse / incineration / landfill / LCA / tomato

Corresponding author: M.A. Antón assumpcio.anton@irta.es

© INRA, EDP Sciences 2005

What is OpenURL?

The OpenURL standard is a protocol for transmission of metadata describing the resource that you wish to access.

An OpenURL link contains article metadata and directs it to the OpenURL server of your choice. The OpenURL server can provide access to the resource and also offer complementary services (specific search engine, export of references...). The OpenURL link can be generated by different means.

  • If your librarian has set up your subscription with an OpenURL resolver, OpenURL links appear automatically on the abstract pages.
  • You can define your own OpenURL resolver with your EDPS Account.
    In this case your choice will be given priority over that of your library.
  • You can use an add-on for your browser (Firefox or I.E.) to display OpenURL links on a page (see http://www.openly.com/openurlref/). You should disable this module if you wish to use the OpenURL server that you or your library have defined.