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1st Edition

The Science of Waste

ISBN 9781032172149
Published December 8, 2021 by CRC Press
298 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Waste can be defined as something no longer wanted, something destroyed, broken, or damaged beyond repair and therefore disposed of or simply thrown away because it is no longer functional, needed, or wanted. However, the focus of this book turns to the question: is waste always really a waste? Stated differently, waste is not a waste if it can be recycled in some form or the other. This book examines all types of waste and their impacts, and discusses the potential ways to mitigate them through recycling and reuse strategies.


  • Addresses agricultural, biomedical, chemical, construction, hazardous, human, municipal solid waste, and more.
  • Explains the fundamentals for waste recycling and reuse.
  • Examines the current state of ocean pollution as well as the latest international regulations.
  • Covers the life cycles of consumer electronic products, and their related metals and minerals, which are increasingly a major source of "E-Waste"

The Science of Waste is intended to be used by environmental scientists and engineers, public health officials, legal professionals, students, and instructors interested in waste, as well as the management and reuse thereof.

Table of Contents

Waste by Any Other Name? Cave to Allegorical Cave to Present. Waste? It’s in the Garbage Can. Litter. Ocean Dumping. E-Waste. Food Wastes. Solid Waste, Landfills & Leachate. Dry Tombs to Wet Dumbs. Incineration. Animal Waste. Human Waste. Glossary.

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Frank R. Spellman is a retired assistant professor of Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. and author of over 155  books. Spellman has been cited in more than 400 publications; serves as a professional expert witness; incident/accident investigator for the U.S. Department of Justice and a private law firm; and consults on Homeland Security vulnerability assessments (VAs) for critical infrastructure including water/wastewater facilities nationwide. Dr. Spellman lectures on sewage treatment, water treatment and homeland security and health and safety topics throughout the country and teaches water/wastewater operator short courses at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). He holds a BA in public Administration; BS in Business Management; MBA; Master of Science, MS, in Environmental Engineering and PhD Environmental Engineering.