Plastics Waste Management: Disposal, Recycling, and Reuse

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This volume discusses the structure and growth of the plastics industry, comprehensively displaying the complete cycle of plastics from raw materials to waste and solutions related to this waste - presenting practical cost scenarios for the collection and disposal of waste.;Examining the issue of plastics waste in a broad social and environmental context, Plastics Waste Management: considers the regulations imposed on waste disposal and aspects of pollution control acts; provides a technical overview of polymers, classifications, and properties as well as the plastics industry, polymer production, and consumption; addresses extrusion basics and polymers' compatibility in a mixture of plastic waste; describes the recycling of mixed plastics waste; and explores design considerations and product life cycles with respect to environmentally friendly products in packaging applications.;Furnishing more than 400 bibliographic citations, Plastics Waste Management is a reference for pollution control, plastics, environmental, polymer and chemical engineers; recycling facility operators; plastics designers; and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.
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Addresses the issue of landfills and plastics waste as a basis for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of all the currently feasible solutions for disposal, including recycling, refurbishing, degradability, design of plastic parts, and energy recovery. The characteristics of plastics are also discussed. Topics include the classification, identification, properties, and behaviors of plastic polymers, as well as a discussion of raw materials and the quantities produced. An overview of the structure and growth of the plastics industry is included to give readers a comprehensive look at the complete cycle of plastics from raw materials to waste, and to suggest solutions related to this waste. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824789206
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Environmental Science & Pollution Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Legacy of the Landfill: Perspectives on the Solid Waste Crisis 1
2 Landfills and Legislation: Overview of Regulations Affecting In-Ground Disposal of Nonhazardous Solid Waste in Canada and the United States 37
3 Plastics: A Technical Overview 59
4 Plastic Identification 91
5 Plastics Production and Consumption 119
6 Plastics Waste, Composition, Quantities, and Disposal Alternatives 141
7 Compatibility of Plastic Polymers 185
8 Postconsumer Plastic Waste Recycling 223
9 Tertiary Recycling of Plastics 249
10 Recycling of Plastics by Surface Refurbishing 273
11 Plastics Aging 285
12 Plastics, Packaging, and Environmentally Friendly Products 347
13 Energy from Waste 369
Index 407
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