Plastic Wastes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815512653, 9780815518600

Plastic Wastes

1st Edition

Management, Control, Recycling and Disposal

Authors: T. Randall Curlee Sujit Das
eBook ISBN: 9780815518600
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815512653
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 31st December 1991
Page Count: 493
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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 Disposal of Plastic Wastes from Vessels into Navigable Waters A.3 Legislation Controlling the Disposal of Plastic Wastes from Land Sources to Navigable Waters A.4 Disposal of Plastic Waste from Any Source onto Land A.5 Other Legislation that Influences the Manufacture or Discard of Plastic Materials References Appendix B: - State and Local Recycling Efforts References Appendix C: - Substitutes for Lead and Cadmium Additives for Plastics C.1 Introduction C.2 Substitute Colorants and Their Properties C.3 Substitute Stabilizers and Their Properties References Part II. Recycling in the Industrial Sector Executive Summary
  7. Introduction
  8. Plastic Waste Projections 2.1 Projected U.S. Resin Production and Use 2.2 Projections of Manufacturing Nuisance Plastics 2.3 Projections of Post-Consumer Plastic Wastes
  9. The Energy Content of Plastic Wastes 3.1 The Energy Content of Plastics 3.2 The Aggregate Energy Content of Manufacturing and Post-Consumer Plastics
  10. The Cost of Recycling Versus Disposal 4.1 Summary of Previous Assessment 4.2 Recent Estimates of the Cost of Disposal 4.3 Recent Estimates of the Cost of Recycling
  11. An Update of Recent Institutional Changes that May Promote Recycling 5.1 Industry Sponsored Groups 5.2 Public Sector Actions
  12. Recent Legislative and Regulatory Actions 6.1 Local and State Actions 6.2 Federal Actions 6.3 Implications for Plastics Recycling
  13. The Potential for Divertable Plastic Waste 7.1 Scenario Development 7.2 Estimated Quantities of DPW 7.3 Summary
  14. Plastics Recycling from the Current Industry's Perspective
  15. Conclusions Appendix: - Plastic Waste Projections: Methodology and Assumptions A.1 Introduction A.2 Historical and Projected U.S. Resin Production and Use A.3 Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Projections


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About the Author

T. Randall Curlee

Affiliations and Expertise

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA

Sujit Das

Affiliations and Expertise

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA

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