Practical Handbook of Processing and Recycling Municipal Waste: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Practical Handbook of Processing and Recycling Municipal Waste

1st Edition

By AGR Manser, Alan Keeling

CRC Press

576 pages

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Hardback: 9781566701648
pub: 1996-09-12
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If we could understand the scientific and engineering principles behind recycling, our ability to use reprocessed materials would improve considerably. If we could then apply those principles, our efforts to process and recycle waste would be significantly more efficient and cost-effective.

Practical Handbook of Processing and Recycling Municipal Waste provides all of the information necessary for vastly improving the way we recycle materials. It first develops basic engineering and scientific theories related to processing and recycling municipal waste. The authors then show how the behavioral characteristics of waste can actually be predicted with some degree of accuracy, hence turning waste disposal engineering from a matter of guesswork into a science.

From Europe to the United States to the Far East, humankind understands the need for - and the challenges of - recycling and reusing waste. This handbook is the guide to successful, efficient waste processing and reuse.

Table of Contents


Recycling vs. Reprocessing: The Fundamental Differences


The Nature of Waste

Waste Analyses

Waste Handling and Storage

A Matter of Density

Physical Characteristics of Waste Fractions

Health and Safety

Mechanical Handling

Mechanical Handling In and From Storage

Handling Systems for Various Materials

Some Common Problems in Mechanical Handling Systems

Health and Safety Considerations

Composting in Waste Management

Incoming Compostable Materials

Waste Management Strategy

Simple Windrow Composting Systems

What Can Be Treated?

Types of Windrow Composting Systems

Mechanically Turned Systems

Site Designs - Aerated Static Piles

Site Designs - Mechanically Turned Wndrows

Estimating Site Capacity

Leachate/Surface Water Collection and Treatment

Composting Site Operation

Waste Preparation and Product Refining

Legislation and Compost Standards

Health and Safety

Capital and Operating Costs

More Sophisticated Mechanical Composting Systems

Principles of Aerobic and Anaerobic Decomposition

Aerobic Decomposition Plant Designs

Anaerobic Decomposition

Common Problems with Plant Operation

Product Refining

Health and Safety

Biological Aspects of Compost Production and Utilization


Biochemistry of Compost Processes

Biochemical Aspects of Compost Production

Composting Systems

Compost Quality

Stabilization of Compost

Compost as a Source of Organic Matter in Soil

Use of Composts in Disease Control

Compost Markets and End Uses


Materials Recovery Facilities

Materials That May Be Recovered

Materials Recovery Technology

MRF Machinery Designs

Health and Safety

Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) Processes

The Background of RDF - Technical and Legal Definitions

RDF Process Machinery

RDF Manufacturing Processes

RDF Process Control Systems

Operational Considerations

Health and Safety

Capital and Running Costs

Combined RDF/Compost/Recycling Plants

Initial Sorting Processes

Conflict Between RDF and Composting Lines

Capital and Running Costs

Markets for Recycled Products

Secondary Products

Refuse-Derived Composts

Refuse-Derived Fuels

Some Alternative Product Markets

Appendix A

Weil's Disease Employee Safety Card

Appendix B

Example of National Standards Legislation


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science