SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING addresses the growing and increasingly intricate problem of controlling and processing the refuse created by our urban society. While the authors discuss issues such as regulations and legislation, their main emphasis is on solid waste engineering principles. They maintain their focus on principles by first explaining the basic principles of the field, then demonstrating how these principles are applied in real world settings through worked examples. By using this book as part of a graduate or advanced undergraduate course students will emerge being able to think reflectively and logically about the problems and solutions in solid waste engineering.
Table of Contents
1. INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Solid Waste in History. Materials Flow. The Need for Integrated Solid Waste Management. Special Wastes. Final Thoughts. Problems.
2. MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUANTITIES
Definitions. Municipal Solid Waste Generation. Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Measuring Particle Size. Problems.
Refuse Collection Systems. Commercial Wastes. Transfer Stations. Collection of Recyclable Materials. Estimating Success of Curbside Recycling Program. Litter and Street Cleanliness. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Design of Collection Systems. Problems.
Planning, Siting, and Permitting of Landfills. Landfill Process. Landfill Design. Landfill Operations. Post-Closure Care and Use of Old Landfills. Landfill Mining. Final Thoughts. Problems.
5. PROCESS OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
Refuse Physical Characteristics. Storing MSW. Conveying. Compacting. Shredding. Pulping. Roll Crushing. Granulating. Final Thoughts. Appendix: The Pi Breakage Theorem. Problems
6. MATERIALS SEPARATION
General Expressions for Materials Separation. Picking (Hand Sorting). Screens. Float/Sink Separators. Magnets and Electromechanical Separators. Other Devices for Materials Separation. Materials Separation Systems. Final Thoughts. Problems.
7. COMBUSTION AND ENERGY RECOVERY
Heat Value of Refuse. Materials and Thermal Balances. Combustion Hardware Used for MSW. Pyrolysis and Gasification. Undesirable Effects of Combustion. Final Thoughts. Problems
8. BIOCHEMICAL PROCESSES
Methane Generation by Anaerobic Digestion. Composting. Final Thoughts. Problems.
9. CURRENT ISSUES IN SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Life Cycle Analysis and Management. Flow Control. Public or Private Ownership and Operation. Contracting for Solid Waste Services. Financing Solid Waste Facilities. Hazardous Materials. Environmental Justice. The Role of the Solid Waste Engineer. Final Thoughts. Epilogue. Problems.