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Handbook of Recycling

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

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, 560 Pages

Published: May 2014

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-396459-5


  • 1. Introduction; 2. Definitions & Terminology; 3. Recycling in Context; 4. Trends in Recycling (Legislation/Technology); 5. Theory/Tools of Recycling; 6. Iron & Steel; 7. Aluminum; 8. Copper (and Alloys); 9. Lead (and Alloys); 10. Zinc (and Alloys); 11. Advanced technology metals; 12. Lumber; 13. Paper; 14. Plastics; 15. Glass; 16. Textile; 17. Cement & Concrete; 18. Industrial by-Products; 19. Sludges; 20. Carbon Fibres; 21. Construction & Demolition; 22. Packaging; 23. Automotive (ELV); 24. Electronics (WEEE); 25. Energy Technologies (inc. Batteries); 26. Lighting; 27. Catalysts; 28. Large Municipal Solid Waste; 29. Legislation & Policy Background; 30. Construction & Demolition; 31. Packaging; 32. Automotive (ELV); 33. Electronics (WEEE); 34. Industrial Wastes; 35. MSW (incl. pre-sorting, kerbside, bring, pricing systems, urban vs. Rural); 36. Post-Collection Sorting; 37. Sorting & Labeling; 38. Developing Countries: Informal Sector & Scavenging; 39. Re-Use; 40. Product Design; 41. Non-destructive recycling; 42. Packaging; 43. Clothing and Textiles; 44. Consumer products; 45. Construction Materials; 46. Macro-economics of recycling; 47. Economics of waste management; 48. Price developments of secondary materials; 49. Costs & benefits of recycling; 50. Geopolitics of resources & recycling; 51. Recycling in waste management policy; 52. Voluntary and negotiated agreements; 53. Economic instruments; 54. Information instruments; 55. Regulatory instruments; Appendix A. Physical Separations 101; Appendix B. Thermodynamics 101; Appendix C. Product design 101; Appendix D. LCA 101; Appendix E. Design for Resource Efficiency 101; Appendix F. Resource economics 101


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