Handbook of Recycling

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

Edited by

  • Ernst Worrell, Ph.D., Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, NLD
  • Markus Reuter, D.Eng., PhD, Outotec Oyj; Aalto University Helsinki, Finland

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.

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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.


Book information

  • Published: May 2014
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-396459-5

Table of Contents

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