Introduction to Waste Management

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Solid waste management is as old as human civilization, although only considered an engineering discipline for about one century. The change from the previous focus on public cleansing of the cities to modern waste management was primarily driven by industrialization, which introduced new materials and chemicals, dramatically changing the types and composition of waste, and by urbanization making waste management in urban areas a complicated and costly logistic operation. This book focuses on waste that commonly appears in the municipal waste management system. This chapter gives an introduction to modern waste management, including issues as waste definition, problems associated with waste, waste management criteria and approaches to waste management. Later chapters introduce aspects of engineering (Chapter 1.2), economics (Chapter 1.3) and regulation (Chapter 1.4).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolid Waste Technology and Management
VolumeVolume 1, Chapter 1.1.
Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex, UK
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)978-1-405-17517-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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