Plastic wastes in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream and in the industrial sector are discussed in this book. Quantities of plastic wastes generated, characterization of the wastes, their environmental impact, and management of the waste stream are described. Also covered are costs of recycling processes, technology, and energy considerations.


Environmental engineers and technicians concerned with plastic waste in municipal and industrial sectors.

Table of Contents

Part I. Wastes in the Municipal Solid Waste Stream Executive Summary - Findings and Conclusions Scope of the Report Summary of Major Findings and Action Items 1. Introduction 2. Production, Use, and Disposal of Plastics and Plastic Products 2.1 Summary of Key Findings 2.2 Technological Overview 2.3 Production and Consumption Statistics 2.4 Major End Use Markets for Plastics 2.5 Disposition of Plastics into the Solid Waste Stream References 3. Impacts of Plastic Debris on the Marine Environment 3.1 Summary of Key Findings 3.2 Types and Sources of Plastic Debris 3.3 Fate of Persistent Marine Debris 3.4 Effects of Plastic Debris 3.5 Summary References 4. Impacts of Post-Consumer Plastics Waste on the Management of Municipal Solid Waste 4.1 Summary of Key Findings 4.2 Landfilling 4.3 Incineration 4.4 Litter References 5. Options to Reduce the Impacts of Post-Consumer Plastics Wastes 5.1 Summary of Key Findings 5.2 Introduction to the Examination of Plastic Waste Management Strategies 5.3 Source Reduction 5.4 Recycling 5.5 Degradable Plastics 5.6 Additional Programs to Mitigate the Effects of Plastic Waste References 6. Objectives and Action Items 6.1 Objectives for Improving Municipal Solid Waste Management 6.2 Objectives for Handling Problems Outside the MSW Management System Appendix A: - Statutory and Regulatory Authorities Available to EPA and Other Federal Agencies A.1 Summary of Findings A.2 Legislation Controlling the


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About the authors

T. Randall Curlee

Affiliations and Expertise

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA

Sujit Das

Affiliations and Expertise

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA