Stanford Environmental Consulting

Life Cycle Analysis of Potential Recyclable Materials in California

Client: Recology


Broader Challenge

  • Recology is exploring ways to recycle more materials.  Traditionally, recycled products include aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and paper.  More materials may have the potential to be recycled.



  • Conduct life cycle analyses (LCA) for materials that are not traditionally recycled
  • Define functional units for each material
  • Calculate the requirement to produce, transport, and landfill a functional unit in terms of total energy and emissions
  • Use SimaPro 7.2 for assistance



  • Deliverables included a report for each material