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Harvest: Organic Waste Recycling with Energy Recovery (B)


Deishin Lee


Harvard Business School

Baris Ata


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Mustafa H. Tongarlak


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

October 15, 2010

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit case no. 611-034

Abstract:     
This case describes the waste management industry and a clean technology solution for landfill diversion and renewable energy production. The (A) case focuses on the operational characteristics of waste management and waste to energy, and the characteristics of the waste management industry. The intent of the (A) case is to have students perform operational analysis on the organic waste to energy process to evaluate whether a potential new plant is economically feasible and attractive. The (B) case focuses on the sourcing dilemma: pre-processing vs. source separation. To ensure that its waste input fuel is of sufficiently high quality (i.e., low level of inorganic contaminants), the company can either build a pre-processing facility to sort incoming waste to filter out contaminants, or work with suppliers to source separate their waste stream.

Learning Objective:
Illustrate the societal and operational challenges inherent in waste management. Provide framework to students for evaluating possible solutions.

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Lee, Deishin and Ata, Baris and Tongarlak, Mustafa H., Harvest: Organic Waste Recycling with Energy Recovery (B) (October 15, 2010). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit case no. 611-034. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2025060

Contact Information

Deishin Lee (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States
Baris Ata
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
Mustafa H. Tongarlak
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
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