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Plastic Waste and Recycling Environmental Impact, Societal Issues, Prevention, and Solutions

By: Trevor M Letcher(Editor)
800 pages, 100 colour & 200 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Academic Press
Plastic Waste and Recycling
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Price: £195.00
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Plastic Waste and Recycling: Environmental Impact, Societal Issues, Prevention, and Solutions begins with an introduction to the different types of plastic materials, their uses, and the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle before examining plastic types, chemistry and degradation patterns that are organized by non-degradable plastic, degradable and biodegradable plastics, biopolymers and bioplastics. Other sections cover current challenges relating to plastic waste, explain the sources of waste and their routes into the environment, and provide systematic coverage of plastic waste treatment methods, including mechanical processing, monomerization, blast furnace feedstocks, gasification, thermal recycling, and conversion to fuel.

This is an essential guide for anyone involved in plastic waste or recycling, including researchers and advanced students across plastics engineering, polymer science, polymer chemistry, environmental science, and sustainable materials.


1. Introduction / Professor Trevor M Letcher
2. Production, Use and Fate of all Synthetic Plastic / Professor Roland Geyer

3. The Geography and Geology of Plastics: the environmental distribution and fate / Professor Sarah Gabbott, Dr Catherine Russell, Sarah Key, Yasmin Yohan and Professor Jan Zalasiewicz
4. Bio-based Plastics / Dr Stephan Kabasci
5. Biodegradable plastics / Professor Maja Rujnic Havstad

6. Current Industrial position on plastic production and recycling / Professor Edward Kosior
7. Plastic Waste in the Terrestrial Environment / Dr Rachel Hurley, Dr Alice Horton, Amy Lusher and Luca Nizzetto
8. The Environmental impacts of plastic pollution / Dr Natalie Waldren
9. Microplastics: from origins to impacts / Dr  Natalie Waldren
10. Textile Production and End of Life Management Options / Professor Andreas Bartl

11. Mechanical Recycling of Packaging Waste / Professor Alexander Feil and Professor Thomas Pretz
12. Blast furnace feedstock and coke oven chemical feedstock / Dr Seiji Nomura
13. Chemical Routes for Recycling – dissolving, catalytic and thermochemical technologies / Dr Maija Pohjakallio and  Dr Tommi Vuorinen
14. Conversion of Plastic Waste to fuel / Professor Chandran  Mohanraj and Senthilkumar Tamilkolundu
15. The treatment of plastic in ASR (automobile shredder residue) / Emeritus Professor Trevor M  Letcher and Professor Alfons Buekens
16. Solutions to the plastic waste problem: on land and in the ocean / Professor Edward Kosior

17. Plastics we can't live without / Dr Sharon Georgeuk
18. Secondary Plastic Products - examples and market trends / Dr Maija Pohjakallio
19. Plastic Waste in a Circular Economy / Professor John N. Hahladakis and Eleni Iacovidou
20. Ecological and Health issues of Plastic Waste / Professor Rolf U Halden and Cayla R Cook

21. Plastic Waste in Asia / Professor Yasuhiko Hotta
22. The Challenge of Plastic Pollution in Nigeria / Dr Wilfred Emeka Dumbili and Dr Lesley Henderson
23. Plastic waste in the United Kingdom / Dr Libby Peake
24. EU's plastic strategy and an impact assessment of the proposed directive on tackling single use plastics items / Tim Elliott, Hannah Gillie, and Alice Thomson

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Trevor M. Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute's Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).

By: Trevor M Letcher(Editor)
800 pages, 100 colour & 200 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Academic Press
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