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Solid Waste Recycling and Processing, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Solid Waste Recycling and Processing, Second Edition, provides best-practice guidance to solid waste managers and recycling coordinators. The book covers all aspects of solid waste processing, volume reduction, and recycling, encompassing typical recyclable materials (paper, plastics, cans, and organics), construction and demolition debris, electronics, and more. It includes techniques, technologies, and programs to help maximize customer participation rates and revenues, as well as to minimize operating costs. The book is packed with lessons learned by the author during the implementation of the most successful programs worldwide, and includes numerous case studies showing how different systems work in different settings.

This book also takes on industry debates such as the merits of curbside-sort versus single-stream recycling and the use of advanced technology in materials recovery facilities. It provides key facts and figures, and brief summaries of legislation in the United States, Europe, and Asia. An extensive glossary demystifies the terminology and acronyms used in different sectors and geographies. The author also explains emerging concepts in recycling such as zero waste, sustainability, LEED certification, and pay-as-you-throw, and places waste management and recycling in wider economic, environmental (sustainability), political, and societal contexts.



  • Covers single- and mixed-waste streams
  • Evaluates the technologies and tradeoffs of recycling of materials vs. integrated solutions, including combustion and other transformational options
  • Covers recycling as part of the bigger picture of solid waste management, processing and disposal

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. About the Author
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Acronyms and Abbreviations
    1. Signs and Symbols
  9. 1. Introduction
    1. Current Waste Generation
    2. The New Solid Waste Paradigm—“Materials Management”
    3. Long-Term International “Drivers”
    4. References
  10. 2. Policy Implications for Solid Waste and Recycling
    1. City of Santa Monica
    2. City of San Jose
    3. Metro Vancouver
    4. New York
    5. Oregon
    6. Vermont
    7. References
  11. 3. Collection Approaches
    1. Waste Reduction and Reuse
    2. Solid Waste Collection Systems
    3. Recycling Collection Programs
    4. Organic Wastes
    5. References
  12. 4. Processing Technologies
    1. What Can Be Recovered from Your Waste Stream
    2. Diversion Opportunities
    3. Conventional Processing Technologies
    4. Trends in MRF Design
    5. Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
    6. References
  13. 5. Marketing Recyclables
    1. Market Forces
    2. Recyclable Materials
    3. References
  14. 6. Public Education Programs
    1. How Do People Learn
    2. Where Do You Begin?
    3. The Communications Plan
    4. The Clean Community System
    5. Beginning with Preschoolers—The Mister Rogers Model
    6. Varieties of Educational Methods
    7. Sources of Public Education Information and Materials
    8. References
  15. 7. Recycling Economics
    1. Market Revenues for Recyclable Commodities
    2. Transportation Issues
    3. Understanding Cost Analysis
    4. Determining Economic Feasibility
    5. Presenting All the Numbers
    6. Financing Programs
    7. Customer Billing Approaches
    8. References
  16. 8. Institutional Issues
    1. Procurement
    2. Ownership Issues
    3. Risk Assessment
    4. Waste Flow Considerations
    5. References
  17. 9. Case Studies
  18. Bibliography
  19. Glossary
  20. Index