Maximizing resource recovery from waste streams

Grant, T 2003, 'Maximizing resource recovery from waste streams', Environmental Progress, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 250-254.


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Title Maximizing resource recovery from waste streams
Author(s) Grant, T
Year 2003
Journal name Environmental Progress
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 250
End page 254
Total pages 5
Publisher American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Abstract Resource conservation and waste management have become two sides of the same argument. According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance in the U.S., the recycling revolution begun in the 1960s was a reaction "to the levels of waste in our economy and the pollution and suffering these habits cause worldwide" [1, 2]. However, the recycling target-setting of the early 1990s was focused on diversion from landfill, and it has taken another 10 years for the focus to shift back to the resource values approach, driven largely by the application of Life Cycle Assessment to the waste management system. This paper examines materials in the waste stream to determine the "value proposition" in each material group, and to examine options for efficient resource use and recovery. Specifically, it discusses waste management issues associated with clean fill, food waste, timber waste, concrete and bricks, green waste, paper and board, metals, plastics, and glass.
Subject Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) resource conservation
waste management
DOI - identifier 10.1002/ep.670220413
Copyright notice © 2003 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISSN 0278-4491
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