Industrial ecology is one of a number of new fields of study, such as 'green chemistry' or 'ecological economics', that have deliberately reached across different disciplines in both name and substance. This raises a number of issues for the practitioner, including difficult questions of boundary and field content (when is something 'industrial ecology' and when is it a part of another dialogue?). Such issues are challenging enough. But industrial ecology raises even more complex questions, in particular the possibility that in some senses, industrial ecology is one of the first post-modern fields of study, in that, unlike most more traditional disciplines, it embodies not a single ontology, but a set of complex and, in some ways, mutually exclusive ontologies. How such multi-ontological fields can be conceptualised, and represented coherently through traditional institutional forms such as journals and societies, is not yet clear, but it is highly likely that the industrial ecology community as a whole will need to learn to do so.
Case study - Nottinghamshire Recycling
DUO Equipment delivered and installed a new full washing and water management plant for Nottinghamshire Recycling Ltd (NRL). Based in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, NRL is a sustainable waste solution provider processing C & D waste, green waste, wood and recycled aggregates. The new washing and water management plant (which includes a Gennaretti centrifuge system) will provide NRL with the ability to divert recycled aggregates from landfill and supply high quality clean washed materials to the local construction...
GoForth, NC Case Study
ABSTRACT Trap & Treat® BOS 200® was used to remediate petroleum hydrocarbon impacted groundwater within fractured bedrock and overburden soil at a former retail gasoline site in North Carolina. After a thorough remedial design characterization was completed, BOS 200® was surgically injected over two field events to successfully achieve the site cleanup goals. CHALLENGES The site was formerly a general store with two 1,000 gallon USTs; the primary constituents of concern were Benzene, Toluene,...
Case study - Mazzei airjection aeration system installed in Alabama Field Erected WWTP
Activated Sludge Treatment in a Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant. Huntsville, ALThe Problem: A design/build contractor needed a quiet, efficient aeration system for a 250,000 GPD field erected WWTP. This plant was to be located adjacent to a school. A restriction on ambient noise at the location of the proposed WWTP required a quiet aeration process.The Solution: The project engineer selected a Mazzei AirJection aeration system for the project, primarily due to the success he had with the Mazzei aeration design...
Ceramic pot filters lifetime study in coastal Guatemala
Ceramic pot filters (CPFs) are an effective means of household water treatment, but the characterization of CPF lifetimes is ongoing. This paper describes a lifetime field study in Guatemala which was made possible by a collaboration between researchers, CPF-using households, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Disinfection data were collected periodically for two years using field coliform enumeration kits as were flow rate data with the assistance of NGO staff. Consumer acceptance was characterized...
Case study - Boonsawang, Thailand
While shrimp and prawn production still represent the highest volumes in Thailand, an increasing number of farms started to diversify into other species. Private hatcheries and nurseries now supply the market with weaned fry for species such as barramundi and sea bass.Boonsawang Co. in Chonburi, owned by Suthi Mahalao, also exports fry to Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and Israel. In addition, Suthi runs his own sea bass farm and is a feed distributor to farms in the province.50 speciesMore than...