The Waste Crisis

The Waste Crisis : Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future

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As populations continue to increase, society produces more and more waste. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to build new landfills, and the existing landfills are causing significant environmental damage. Finding solutions is not simple; the problem is enormous in size, vital in terms of its impact on the environment, and complex in scope. This book provides a vast look at solid waste management in North America and seeks solutions to the waste crisis. It describes the magnitude and complexity of the problem, focusing on municipal wastes and placing them in the perspective of other wastes such as hazardous, biochemical, and radioactive debris. It describes the components of an integrated waste management program, including recycling, composting, landfills, and waste incinerators, and it presents in detail the scientific and engineering principles underlying these technologies. To illustrate both the problems and solutions of waste management programs, the authors provide seven case histories, among them the Fresh Kills (Staten Island, New York), the East Carbon Landfill (Utah), and the Lancaster County Municipal Waste Incinerator (Pennsylvania).
The Waste Crisis is unique in its attempt to analyse waste management in a broader societal context and to propose solutions based on basic principles. And by doing so, it encourages readers to challenge commonly held perceptions and to seek new and better ways of dealing with waste. As such, this book deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who deals with or feels the need to confront the growing problems of waste management.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 26 halftones, 37 line illustrations
  • 0195128982
  • 9780195128987
  • 2,095,090

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Hans Tammemagi, a geophysicist and the head of a consulting firm within the environmental field, has through this book made a contribution to the search for a sustainable waste management system. * Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 44(6) *
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About Hans Tammemagi

Dr. Tammemagi, a geophysicist, is head of an environmental consulting firm he founded, Oakhill Environmental. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University, and a regular contributor of newspaper and magazine articles on environmental and energy issues.
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Table of contents

Preface ; 1. The Waste Crisis ; 2. Starting from Basics ; 3. Historical Perspectives ; 4. Integrated Waste Management ; 5. Recycling and Composting ; 6. Wastes: Know Thy Enemy ; 7. Landfills: How Do They Work? ; 8. Are There Better Disposal Methods? ; 9. Incineration: The Burning Issue ; 10. Containment, Encapsulation, and Treatment ; 11. Case Histories ; 12. The All-Powerful NIMBY ; 13. A New Approach ; 14. Garbology: A Vision for the Future ; 15. References ; Index
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