1st Edition

A Handbook for Management

Editors: Trevor Letcher Daniel Vallero
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123814753
eBook ISBN: 9780123814760
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th February 2011
Page Count: 604
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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.

Key Features

  • Co-author Daniel Vallero interviewed on NBC's Today show for a segment on recycling
  • Scientific and non-biased overviews will assist scientists, technicians, engineers, and government leaders
  • Covers all main types of waste, including household, industrial, and societal
  • Strong focus on management and recycling provides solutions


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

Table of Contents





Chapter 1. Trends in Waste Management

1. Introduction

2. The Catalyst for Change

3. Sustainable Development: The Context for Recycling

4. Implementation and Progress

5. Interpretations

Chapter 2. Green Engineering and Sustainable Design Aspects of Waste Management

1. Introduction

2. Paradigm Evolution

3. Life Cycle Assessment

4. Sustainability

5. Conclusions

Chapter 3. Regulation of Wastes

1. Introduction

2. The Growth of Environmental Regulations

3. Solid and Hazardous Wastes Legislation

4. Clean Air Legislation

5. Water Quality Legislation

6. Environmental Product and Consumer Protection Laws

7. Waste Regulations in Other Countries

8. Conclusions

Chapter 4. Waste Collection

1. Introduction

2. Materials Collected

3. Collection Systems

4. Modelling Problems and Methods

5. Data Requirements for Modelling

6. Example Studies

7. Conclusion


Chapter 5. Mine Waste

1. Origins and Quantities of Mine Waste

2. Waste Characteristics

3. Storage of Fine-Grained Wastes

4. Water Balances for Mine Waste Storages

5. Safety of Mine Waste Storage Structures During Their Operational Lifetime

6. Decommissioning, Closing and Rehabilitating Tailings, and Other Mine Waste Storages

7. Summary

Chapter 6. Metal Waste

1. Introduction

2. Scrap Metals

3. Management of Metal Waste

4. Metal Containing Raw Materials for Recycling

5. Machinery and Processes for Scrap Treatment

6. Conclusion

Chapter 7. Radioactive Waste Management

1. Introduction

2. Nuclear Waste Trea


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About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute’s Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008). His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Daniel Vallero

Dr. Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized expert in environmental science and engineering. His four decades of research, teaching and professional experience in hazardous waste engineering and management have addressed a wide range of human health risk and ecological issues, from global climate change to the release of hazardous wastes. His research has advanced the state-of-the-science of air and water pollution measurement, models of potential exposures to chemicals in consumer products, and environmental impact assessments. He established the Engineering Ethics program and is a key collaborator in the Responsible Conduct of Research Program at Duke University. These programs introduce students, from first-year through PhD, to the complex relationships between science, technology and societal demands on the engineer. The lessons learned from the cases in this book are a fundamental part of Duke’s preparation of its future engineers to address the ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered during the careers of the next generation engineers. Dr. Vallero received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science in City & Regional Planning from SIU, a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Environmental Health Sciences) from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Duke.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA