Municipal Solid Waste: Recycling and Cost Effectiveness

Mohamed Alwaeli
The Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland

Series: Waste and Waste Management
BISAC: TEC010020



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Currently, the management of solid waste represents a major economic and environmental issue throughout the world. Trends in waste generation show an increase in the volumes of waste produced in most countries and it is clear that the trend will continue. The treatment and disposal of solid waste involves a range of processes including landfill, incineration and composting, all of which may result in emissions to the environment. Municipal investments are said to be highly capital-intensive. As a result, every investment needs to be preceded by the economic analysis which allows for the estimation of the effectiveness of the investment. Investments are made to make profits and to increase savings. This book presents current research in the study of municipal solid waste, with a particular focus on recycling and cost effectiveness. (Imprint: Novinka )


1. Introduction

2. Waste Generation

3. Waste Composition

4. Waste Regulations

5. Recycling
5.1. The Recycling Process
5.2. Examples of Waste Recycling
5.2.1. Paper
5.2.2. Metal
5.2.3. Plastics
5.2.4. Glass
5.2.5. End-of-Life Vehicles
5.2.6. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
5.2.7. Bio Waste
5.2.8 Other methods of MSW recycling Environmental and economic benefits
5.3. Contamination Effects
5.3.1. Plastics
5.3.2. Paper
5.3.3. Metal
5.3.4. Glass
5.3.5. Biowaste
5.4. The Benefits of Municipal Solid Waste Recycling
5.5. Life Cycle Assessment of Materials Recycling
5.6. Factors Influencing the Performance of Solid Waste Recycling Programmes
5.7 Kerbside Recycling Programme Design
5.7.1. Kerbside recycling enhancement

6. Cost-Effectiveness of MSW Recycling
6.1. Economic Condition of MSW Recycling
6.2. An Economic Analysis of Cost-Effectiveness of MSW Recycling
6.3. Economic Profitability of the Waste Utilization as a Substitute of Raw Materials – Case Study
6.4. Economic Profitability of waste to organic fertilizer process – Case Study



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