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.
- 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.
About the Author
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Signs and Symbols
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
3. Collection Approaches
Waste Reduction and Reuse
Solid Waste Collection Systems
Recycling Collection Programs
4. Processing Technologies
What Can Be Recovered from Your Waste Stream
Conventional Processing Technologies
Trends in MRF Design
Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
5. Marketing Recyclables
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
Understanding Cost Analysis
Determining Economic Feasibility
Presenting All the Numbers
Customer Billing Approaches
8. Institutional Issues
Waste Flow Considerations
9. Case Studies