A Handbook for Management

Edited by

  • Trevor Letcher, Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Daniel Vallero, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Waste: A Handbook for Management gives the broadest, most complete coverage of waste in our society. The book examines a wide range of waste streams, including:

  • Household waste (compostable material, paper, glass, textiles, household chemicals, plastic, water, and e-waste)
  • Industrial waste (metals, building materials, tires, medical, batteries, hazardous mining, and nuclear)
  • Societal waste  (ocean, military, and space)
  • The future of landfills and incinerators

Covering all the issues related to waste in one volume helps lead to comparisons, synergistic solutions, and a more informed society. In addition, the book offers the best ways of managing waste problems through recycling, incineration, landfill and other processes.

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Environmental scientists and engineers as well as government officials, waste managers, technicians, and maintenance personnel working in the waste industry.


Book information

  • Published: February 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-381475-3

Table of Contents

1. A  History of Waste Management
2. Green Engineering and Sustainable Design Aspects of Waste Management
3. Waste Regulations with special emphasis to the USA
4. Waste Collection
5. Mine Waste: A Brief Overview of Origins, Quantities and Methods of Storage
6. Metal Waste
7. Radioactive Waste Management
8. Municipal Waste Management
9. Waste Water: Reuse of Oriented Wastewater  - Low- and High-Tech Approaches for Urban Areas
10. Recovered Paper 
11. Glass Waste
12. Textile Waste
13. Chemicals in Waste: Household Hazardous Waste
14. Reusing Non-hazardous Industrial Waste across Business Clusters
15. Construction Waste
1. 16.Thermal Waste Treatment
16. Plastic solid waste (PSW) and thermo-chemical treatment 
17. Air pollution (including pollution due to Coal and Oil  Burning, Cement Making and Automobile exhaust pollution  
18. Ocean pollution
19. Electronic Waste
20. Tyres
21. Battery Waste
22. Medical waste 
23. Agricultural Waste and Pollution
24. Military waste
25. Space waste
26. Hazardous Wastes  
27. Land Pollution
28. Thermal Pollution
29. Landfills, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
30. Pollution Management and Responsible Care
31. Risk Assessment, Management and Accountability