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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 773; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030773

Evaluation of a Disposable-Diaper Collection Trial in Korea through Comparison with an Absorbent-Hygiene-Product Collection Trial in Scotland

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Department of Environment & Energy Engineering, Sungshin University, Seoul 01133, Korea
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Department of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 7 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 11 March 2018
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Abstract

This study was designed to analyze the feasibility of economic aspects assuming that the policy of diaper recycling is necessary. With respect to economic feasibility, the collection and transportation of the diaper waste, which accounts for much of the cost, need to be optimized. Starting with the results of a collection trial in Scotland (2012), the method used in a collection trial in Korea (2014) was analyzed to identify problems incurring additional costs. This paper targeted daycare centers in Nowon-Gu, Seoul—because of the quantity of waste diapers they produce and the efficiency of collection—to identify the problems and to predict the cost of collection. This study evaluated multiple scenarios in light of their collection costs, discovering factors that could improve the system and reduce the cost and created the most economically feasible and optimized collection model. This paper will serve as empirical evidence proving the economics of diaper collection when the regulation is revised or amended in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: diaper recycling; collection trial; economic feasibility; collection and transportation costs diaper recycling; collection trial; economic feasibility; collection and transportation costs
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Kim, K.-S.; Kim, K.J. Evaluation of a Disposable-Diaper Collection Trial in Korea through Comparison with an Absorbent-Hygiene-Product Collection Trial in Scotland. Sustainability 2018, 10, 773.

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