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About this book
About this book
Presents a broad overview and analysis of the wastes produced by modern urban societies and how they are managed and disposed of. All aspects of integrated waste management are described, with emphasis on topics such as recycle centres, composting, municipal landfills, nuclear waste disposal, and incineration.
The waste crisis; starting from basics; historical perspectives; integrated waste management; recycling and composting; wastes - know thy enemy; landfills - how do they work?; are there better disposal methods?; incineration - the burning issue; containment, encapsulation, and treatment; case histories; the all-powerful NIMBY; a new approach; garbology - a vision for the future.
279 pages, B/w photos, illus
"A realpolitik book on the need for recycling to reduce waste, landfills for what can't be recycled, and incinerators when approrpiate....The best overview."--Whole Earth
"This textbook examines solid waste management in North America and solutions to the waste crisis, using seven case studies for illustration. The focus is on municipal waste, but this is placed in the perspective of hazardous, biomedical, and radioactive wastes as well."--SciTech Book News
"Hans Tammemagi does the almost unimaginable: takes a subject as inherently unappealing as garbage, and makes it interesting and relevant. His book is thoroughly researched, well written, and, despite the seriousness of his timely topic, surprisingly readable." -- Niagara Book Prize Short List Jury
"Chapters discuss garbage through the ages, the age of consumerism and the waste explosion, integrated waste management, recycling and composting, waste characteristics, alternative disposal methods (existing and abandoned mi