McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Answers to hundreds of complex questions on developing a successful recycling program

Providing a bridge between recycling experts and the officials charged with developing and running recycling programs and operations, this practical reference offers an overview of recycling, including the current laws that govern recycling, the strategic goals of recycling programs, and the need to boost public awareness of the value of recycling.

The handbook examines a wide range of recyclable materials—from papers, plastics, and cans to construction and demolition materials and household wastes. For each material, it discusses collection and separation procedures, costs, the potential for re-use, the projected market, and problems and solutions. Numerous illustations highlight the technology used in creating an integrated system of waste management.

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Editorial Reviews

Thirty-seven contributions provide advice on waste stream management, separation and collection systems, processing facilities and equipment, the handling of specific materials, transfer stations, public awareness programs, and quality control. The second edition adds chapters on recycling at large commercial facilities such as theme parks and sports arenas, and recycling efforts in other countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070391567
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 976
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Herb Lund is an environmental engineer and the author of McGraw-Hill's Pollution Control Handbook, as well as the first edition of this book. He chairs the Recycling Seminar in cooperation with the Florida Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste, held annually in Key West, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Section I: The Basics of Recycling.

Chapter 1: Recycling Overview and Growth.

Chapter 2: Legislative Policies and Evaluations.

Chapter 3: Characterizations of Waste Streams.

Chapter 4: Setting Recycling Goals and Priorities.

Chapter 5: Separation, Collection, and Monitoring Systems.

Chapter 6: Processing Facilities for Recycling Materials.

Chapter 7: Market Development: Problems and Solutions.

Chapter 8: Financial Planning and Program Development.

Chapter 9: The Psychology of Recycling.
Section II: Recycling Materials.

Chapter 10: Electronic Devices.

Chapter 11: Papers.

Chapter 12: Aluminum Cans.

Chapter 13: Glass Beverage Bottles.

Chapter 14: Plastics.

Chapter 15: Steel Recycling.

Chapter 16: Carpteing.

Chapter 17: Textiles.

Chapter 18: Tires.

Chapter 19: Batteries.

Chapter 20: Construction and Demolition Debris.

Chapter 21: household Hazardous Wastes.

Chapter 22: Mercury-containing Devices and Lamps.
Section III: Recylcing Facilities and Equipment.

Chapter 23: Transfer Stations.

Chapter 24: Materials Recovery Facilities.

Chapter 25: Integrating Recycling with Landfills and Incinerators.

Chapter 26: Processing Yard Waste.

Chapter 27: collection Vehicles and Equipment.

Chapter 28: Processing Equipment.

Seciton IV: Recycling Operations.

Chapter 29: Recycling Program Planning and Implementation.

Chapter 30: Pubic Awareness Programs.

Chapter 31: Training Personnel and Managers.

Chapter 32: Recycling Program Considerations, Decisions, and Procedures.

Chapter 33: Data Collection, Cost Control, and the Role of Computers in the Recycling Industry.

Chapter 34: Quality Control Monitoring for Recyclable Materials.

Chapter 35: Recycling at Large Commercial Facilities.
Section V: Case Histories.

Chapter 36: Case Histories.
Section VI: Recycling in Other Countries.
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