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Solid Wastes Management

Stephen Burnley (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-86393-0
208 pages
March 2014
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Solid Wastes Management begins with a focus on processing municipal and similar commercial, as well as industrial wastes; assessing and minimising the environmental impacts of processing and disposal. The second section reviews the treatment technologies available (physical, biological and thermal), their advantages, disadvantages and environmental performance.  The third section considers the environmental and health impacts of the technologies and reviews the use of models to predict landfill leachate, gas formation and pollution dispersion. The fourth section is on the human health impact of waste management and draws on the previous sections, bringing in pollutants such as bioaerosols and ultra-fine particulate material. In the fifth and sixth sections, the importance of adopting an integrated approach to waste management is demonstrated through consideration of life cycle assessment and its use to determine optimum waste management solutions.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Wastes basics

1.1 Introduction

1.2 What is waste?

1.3 Waste categories

1.4 Waste quantities and composition

1.5 Household wastes

1.6 Waste policy and regulation

1.7 Waste reduction and reuse

1.8 Summary

Section 2: Waste management technologies

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Landfill

2.3 Waste incineration

2.4 Advanced thermal processing techniques

2.5 Anaerobic digestion

2.6 Composting

2.7 Materials recycling

2.8 Mechanical–biological treatment

2.9 Summary

Section 3: Waste management process and environmental impact modelling

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Leachate formation within a landfill

3.3 Other landfill processes

3.4 Incineration emissions

3.5 Life-cycle assessment

3.6 Summary

Section 4: Health impacts of waste management

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Emissions and impacts

4.3 Critical reading of the literature

4.4 Assessing the health impacts of waste management

4.5 Health and safety issues associated with waste collection

4.6 Health impacts of landfill

4.7 Health impacts of incineration

4.8 Health impacts of recycling and biological processing

4.9 Summary

Section 5: Integrated solid waste management and waste strategies

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Integrated solid waste management

5.3 Planning a waste strategy

5.4 Summary

Section 6: The end of waste and the cycle begins again




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Author Information

Stephen Burnley is a Senior Lecturer in environmental engineering at The Open University, specialising in solid waste management. He is the Director of the University's Environmental Management MSc programme and is responsible for producing and delivering modules at all levels from foundation to MSc. Stephen has a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. On completion of his studies, he worked on refuse derived fuel technology and waste processing at Warren Spring Laboratory. Following a period of time as an environmental consultant, he joined the Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) managing waste management research programmes for Government departments and the Environment Agency. Stephen's research interests cover waste processing, energy from waste and life cycle assessment and he has published over 25 journal and conference papers on these subjects.
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