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

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byHans Y. Tammemagi

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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 interms 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, andradioactive 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 andsolutions 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 analyze 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, thisbook 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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So far, North Americans have vast stretches of land and lots of fresh water to drink; therefore, it's no surprise that many of us rarely think twice about the amount of trash that we put by the curb on garbage day. Moreover, most of us never have the opportunity to go to a community garbage dump or a large-scale waste disposal facility...

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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 interms of its impact on the environment, and comp...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195128987

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Waste Crisis2. Starting from Basics3. Historical Perspectives4. Integrated Waste Management5. Recycling and Composting6. Wastes: Know Thy Enemy7. Landfills: How Do They Work?8. Are There Better Disposal Methods?9. Incineration: The Burning Issue10. Containment, Encapsulation, and Treatment11. Case Histories12. The All-Powerful NIMBY13. A New Approach14. Garbology: A Vision for the Future15. ReferencesIndex

From Our Editors

So far, North Americans have vast stretches of land and lots of fresh water to drink; therefore, it's no surprise that many of us rarely think twice about the amount of trash that we put by the curb on garbage day. Moreover, most of us never have the opportunity to go to a community garbage dump or a large-scale waste disposal facility, but if we did, we'd be shocked by the amount of toxic and non-biodegradable refuse there. In The Waste Crisis, Hans Y. Tammemagi looks at the waste disposal situation in this country and draws on several successful waste management programs to illustrate that it is possible to 'reduce, reuse and recycle' with a little effort.

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"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 mines, landfill reclamation to extend the lifespan of old dumps, oceandumping, deep-well injection, deep injection of liquid waste in cement slurry form, sub-seabed disposal), incineration issues, containment and encapsulation, case histories, siting problems of NIMBY and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone), and a new approach that considers humanhealth and the environment, future generations, and conservation of resources. A concluding chapter, Futuristic Garbology, presents an ideal vision of waste in 2032 ... A simply-written textbook that seems to cover all points."--Future Survey