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Handbook of Recycling

State-of-the-art for Practitioners, Analysts, and Scientists

Winner of the International Solid Waste Association's 2014 Publication Award, Handbook of Recycling is an authoritative review of the current state-of-the-art of recycling, reuse and reclamation processes commonly implemented today and how they interact with one another. The book addresses several material flows, including iron, steel, aluminum and other metals, pulp and paper, plastics, glass, construction materials, industrial by-products, and more. It also details various recycling technologies as well as recovery and collection techniques. To completely round out the picture of recycling, the book considers policy and economic implications, including the impact of recycling on energy use, sustainable development, and the environment.

With contemporary recycling literature scattered across disparate, unconnected articles, this book is a crucial aid to students and researchers in a range of disciplines, from materials and environmental science to public policy studies.


Graduate through active materials scientists and materials engineers in industry involved in the recycling, reuse and reclamation of metals, plastics, other materials and industrial byproducts, and some more general environmental scientists and engineers.

Hardbound, 600 Pages

Published: May 2014

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-396459-5


    1 Recycling: A Key Factor for Resource Efficiency
    2 Definitions and Terminology
    3 Recycling in Context
    4 Recycling Rare Metals
    5 Theory and Tools of Physical Separation/Recycling

    6 Recycling of Steel
    7 Copper Recycling
    8 Lead Recycling
    9 Zinc and Residue Recycling
    10 Recycling of Rare Metals
    11 Recycling of Lumber
    12 Paper Recycling
    13 Plastic Recycling
    14 Glass Recycling
    15 Textile Recycling
    16 Cementitious Binders
    17 Industrial By-products
    18 Recovery of Metals from Different Secondary Resources (Waste)
    19 Recycling of Carbon Fibers
    20 Recycling of Construction and Demolition Wastes
    21 Recycling of Packaging
    22 Material-Centric (Aluminum and Copper) and Product-Centric (Cars, WEEE, TV, Lamps, Batteries, Catalysts) Recycling and DfR Rules
    23 Separation of Large Municipal Solid Waste
    24 Recovery of Construction and Demolition Wastes
    25 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management
    26 Developments in Collection of Municipal Solid Waste

    27 From Recycling to Eco-design
    28 Recycling and Labeling
    29 Informal Waste Recycling in Developing Countries
    30 Squaring the Circular Economy
    31 The Economics of Recycling
    32 Geopolitics of Resources and Recycling
    33 Recycling in Waste Management Policy
    34 Voluntary and Negotiated Agreements
    35 Economic Instruments
    36 Information Instruments
    37 Regulatory Instruments: Sustainable Materials Management, Recycling, and the Law

    Appendix 1: Physical Separation 101
    Appendix 2: Thermodynamics 101
    Appendix 3: Life-Cycle Assessment


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