Solid Waste Recycling and Processing

Solid Waste Recycling and Processing

Planning of Solid Waste Recycling Facilities and Programs

2nd Edition - January 20, 2013

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  • Author: Marc J. Rogoff
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323221276
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455731923

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Solid Waste Recycling and Processing, Second Edition, provides best-practice guidance to solid waste managers and recycling coordinators. The book covers all aspects of solid waste processing, volume reduction, and recycling, encompassing typical recyclable materials (paper, plastics, cans, and organics), construction and demolition debris, electronics, and more. It includes techniques, technologies, and programs to help maximize customer participation rates and revenues, as well as to minimize operating costs. The book is packed with lessons learned by the author during the implementation of the most successful programs worldwide, and includes numerous case studies showing how different systems work in different settings. This book also takes on industry debates such as the merits of curbside-sort versus single-stream recycling and the use of advanced technology in materials recovery facilities. It provides key facts and figures, and brief summaries of legislation in the United States, Europe, and Asia. An extensive glossary demystifies the terminology and acronyms used in different sectors and geographies. The author also explains emerging concepts in recycling such as zero waste, sustainability, LEED certification, and pay-as-you-throw, and places waste management and recycling in wider economic, environmental (sustainability), political, and societal contexts.

Key Features

  • Covers single- and mixed-waste streams
  • Evaluates the technologies and tradeoffs of recycling of materials vs. integrated solutions, including combustion and other transformational options
  • Covers recycling as part of the bigger picture of solid waste management, processing and disposal


Solid waste engineers, managers, technicians and maintenance staff.

Engineers and plant designers involved in planning and implementing solid waste and recycling systems.

Recycling coordinators and government officials.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author



    Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Signs and Symbols

    1. Introduction

    Current Waste Generation

    The New Solid Waste Paradigm—“Materials Management”

    Long-Term International “Drivers”


    2. Policy Implications for Solid Waste and Recycling

    City of Santa Monica

    City of San Jose

    Metro Vancouver

    New York




    3. Collection Approaches

    Waste Reduction and Reuse

    Solid Waste Collection Systems

    Recycling Collection Programs

    Organic Wastes


    4. Processing Technologies

    What Can Be Recovered from Your Waste Stream

    Diversion Opportunities

    Conventional Processing Technologies

    Trends in MRF Design

    Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling


    5. Marketing Recyclables

    Market Forces

    Recyclable Materials


    6. Public Education Programs

    How Do People Learn

    Where Do You Begin?

    The Communications Plan

    The Clean Community System

    Beginning with Preschoolers—The Mister Rogers Model

    Varieties of Educational Methods

    Sources of Public Education Information and Materials


    7. Recycling Economics

    Market Revenues for Recyclable Commodities

    Transportation Issues

    Understanding Cost Analysis

    Determining Economic Feasibility

    Presenting All the Numbers

    Financing Programs

    Customer Billing Approaches


    8. Institutional Issues


    Ownership Issues

    Risk Assessment

    Waste Flow Considerations


    9. Case Studies




Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2013
  • Published: January 20, 2013
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323221276
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455731923

About the Author

Marc J. Rogoff

Marc Rogoff has held a number of senior positions in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the American Public Works Association. Following on from his BS and MS at Cornell University, Marc completed a PhD at Michigan State University and an MBA at the University of Tampa. His career has embraced all aspects of solid waste management, and he has directed engineer’s feasibility reports for nearly two dozen public works projects, totaling $1.2bn in project financing. His name is well known in the field of Waste-to-Energy, where his consultancy work has covered feasibility studies on more than 50 facilities worldwide, operations assessments, and advising on key procurement decisions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Geosyntec Consultants, Inc

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