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Waste management plan uses Sankey

Austrian consulting and engineering company Intergeo offers site investigation and remediation as well as waste management services. In a reference project for the city of Bourgas a waste management plan was developed. It shows the following Sankey diagram:

From what I understand despite the small print in the diagram, it is a breakdown of household waste in the city by waste types, and the different treatment paths (recycling, composting, landfill, etc.). Values are in ton/year refering to 2007. Waste fractions are color-coded.

Waste Composition Sankey Diagram

After the rather complex Sankey diagrams presented in my previous post, here’s another comparatively simple one. It is presented on the website of consulting and planning company UMTAS in Germany, to support their services offers in the field of material and energy flow management.

The diagram is just symbolic and doesn’t indicate any absolute quantities or a time period. It merely shows the compsition of waste.

The process labeled “compost plant” seems to be a kind of sorting station, where non-compostable items such as metals are being removed. Hospital waste appears to be absent and the arrow line is shown dotted. The input and output flows of the compost plant don’t seem to match – or is this just a trompe d’oeil?

In fact, the information conveyed in this Sankey diagram is no different from a typical pie chart. [This reminds me of a categorization of Sankey diagrams I had on my to do list]. Still, I think it is a valid representation of the data, and the diagram will get even more interesting, if one starts to study where the waste flow outputs are going to and how they are treated.