Handbook of Recycling

Handbook of Recycling : State-of-the-art for Practitioners, Analysts and Scientists

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Advancing the science of recycling, recovery and reuse of industrial materials and byproducts represents a multifaceted challenge for researchers. Resource efficiency has become a major topic on the political agenda throughout the world and has served to prioritize materials recycling as part of effective resource management strategies within industry and academia alike. This is reflected in increasing interest in resource efficiency, as commodity prices have steadily increased and geo-political issues around access to strategic resources arise again. Moreover, increased environmental pressure, including climate change, will increase interest in recycling as part of the environmental and waste management toolbox. Edited by Dr Ernst Worrell of Utrecht University, Editor-in-Chief of "Resources, Conservation and Recycling" and composed of strictly edited, multidisciplinary expert articles, this work directly addresses this research challenge, fostering comprehension not only of currently deployed industrial practice from a professional / user perspective, but within context of the underpinning resource conservation, waste reduction and sustainable development.
This title portrays recent and emerging technologies in metal recycling, by-product utilization and management of post-consumer waste. It uses life cycle analysis to show how to reclaim valuable resources from mineral and metallurgical wastes. It uses examples from current professional and industrial practice, with policy implications and economics, to present a real-world portrait useful to engineers and professionals as well as academics.
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  • Electronic book text | 560 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • United States
  • English
  • Approx. 150 illustrations
  • 0123965063
  • 9780123965066

Table of contents

Definitions & Terminology

Introduce key terms used in the literature and in the book and provide definitions

Recycling & Sustainable Development

Linkages between recycling and energy and other resources, as well as reduced environmental impact of reduced mining (also introduce concepts such as the urban mine, urban forest)

Material flows & Recycling

Stocks & flows

General overview of global material flows

Global and regional material flows and role of recycling for key materials:

Iron & steel




Other Metals (incl. Pt, Zinc, Tin, rare earth metals)


Pulp & paper




Cement & concrete/construction waste

Industrial by-products (e.g. slags, fly ash)


Non-destructive recycling


Clothing & textile

Consumer products

Construction materials


Description of (common) recycling technology (incl. technology characterization, energy use, efficiency)

Iron & steel




Other Metals (incl. Pt, Zinc, Tin, rare earth metals)


Pulp & paper




Cement & concrete/construction waste

Industrial by-products (e.g. slags, fly ash)

Recovery and collection

Description of material recovery and collection (incl. technology and tyoical recovery rates)

Industrial wastes

Post-consumer wastes

Pre-sorted systems


Voluntary bring systems

Pricing systems

Post-collection sorting

Urban and rural systems

Formal and informal sectors (including scavenging)

Economics of recycling

Resource economics (introduction to)

Macro-economics of recycling (e.g. trade issues)

Economics of waste management

Price developments of secondary materials

Pricing of waste

Costs and benefits of recycling

Recycling policy

Role of recycling in waste management policy

Efficiency and effectiveness of various instruments:





Regional variations in policy

Geopolitics of recycling


Statistical information (based on some of the data used in the chapters above)

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