waste generation Articles

  • Modelling waste generation by the telecom sector in Nigeria

    Since the introduction of digital mobile technology into Nigeria in 2001, there has been a phenomenal improvement in mobile subscription, service delivery and in the overall penetration of mobile telecommunication into rural areas in the country. For instance, the country's teledensity increased from less than 1% in 2001 to about 25% in 2006 — an increase of more than 3000%. The aim of this ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • A statistical approach to predict waste generation rates to support recycling programmes

    Construction wastes constitute material with high potential for on-site reuse and off-site recycling; however, a significant fraction of this waste is still directed to landfills. Inability to predict time-dependent and activity-specific waste generation rates is one of the barriers to successful implementation of a construction waste minimisation programme. This paper discusses the development ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Supermarkets and the organic food supply chain: the potential for waste generation and its mitigation

    This paper discusses the role of multiple grocery retailers ('supermarkets') within the organic food industry. While the background to the object industry (in terms of both the incentive(s) to buy organic food and the ensuing market demand/supply statistics) has to be presented such as to justify the topic as one worthy of academic interest, the main concern of this paper is with the potential ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Use of stratified cluster sampling for efficient estimation of solid waste generation at household level

    Relatively few studies have been performed to characterize municipal solid waste (MSW) at household level. This is due in part to the difficulties involved with collecting the data and selecting an appropriate statistical sample size. The previous studies identified in this paper have used statistical tools appropriate for analysing data collected at a material recovery facility or landfill site. ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • EU Focus on Waste Management

     Abstract Some topics are of particular concern to many European citizens. One of these is the worrying increase of waste production. The Community, indeed, generates each year around 2,000 million tonnes of waste. Over 40 million tonnes is classified as hazardous. Over the last six years, the amount of waste generated grew by 10 % a year. It is clear that we must stop and reverse this ...

  • Principles of Waste Avoidance and Utilization

    The minimization of wastes requiring disposal is increasingly important as available disposal options become more and more constrained, and particularly as more substances enter everyday use which are not readily decomposed in the natural environment and which can present long term hazards. This note sets out some basic principles for waste minimization in industrial processes, where ...


    By The World Bank

  • UK Waste and Resources Evidence Strategy

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) works for the essentials water, food, air, land, people, animals and plants – aiming to make a difference environmental leadership and putting sustainable development into practice. As a society, consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate and large step-changes in our approach tackling environmental threats such as climate ...

  • Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment

    Why do we care about material resource use and waste? Natural resources — in the form of materials we extract (such as fossil fuels, metal ores, and construction and industrial minerals), water, the soil and land we use, and renewable materials and biomass we harvest — are essential for the functioning of societies and economies. Several of these are covered in detail in other SOER ...

  • Reducing and recycling plasterboard waste on a site where space is a constraint

    Developments in major city centres can often have space constraints, which limit the space available for material delivery, on site construction and waste collection. Due to the location there can also be increased demands forefficient transportation of materials and waste.  Early consideration of plasterboard waste prevention, minimisation and management can contribute to efficient site ...

  • New Holland, Inc. Dramatically cuts coolant waste with UF

    Challenge Agricultural manufacturer needs to reduce the volume of wasewater build-ups and reduce disposal costs of spent coolant. Customer New Holland, Inc. Industry Agriculture Product Hyde Ultra Mini-Ultrafiltration System Business Benefits Realized ...


    By PRAB, Inc

  • A grey system approach for forecasting disposable computer waste quantities: a case study of Delhi

    An optimised long-term planning for the management of disposable computer waste is a dire need of present owing to the exponentially growing waste quantities. Assessment of waste inventory is one of the first steps in the planning process. An efficient planning needs assessment of waste generation quantities and for long term planning, forecasting future quantities is of prime importance. This ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Diaper recycling

    Today, more than 96 per cent of parents use disposable diapers (verses cloth) due to convenience. A child in diapers will generate approximately one tonne of diaper waste prior to being toilet trained. The Sierra Club estimated that 18 billion disposable diapers are generated annually in the United States, using up four per cent of landfill space (according to U.S. EPA). The Greater Toronto Area ...

  • A 10-year prospective on remediation

    For the last thirty years we have all been working very hard to put ourselves out of the remediation business, so why be concerned with where  remediation will be ten years in the future? In responding to environmental legacies of the past hasn’t industry put policies and procedures in place to prevent the creatin of future liabilities? Don’t we design and operate facilities today to minimize the ...


    By AHC Group

  • The regenerative city and wealth creation/conservation: the role of urban planning

    The existing organisational structure of the city produces economic prosperity but also growing ecological and social entropy, thus generating many kinds of waste. The ‘regenerative city’ is here proposed as the new paradigm to boost city wealth. The main determinants of city wealth are considered in relation to their contribution to the comprehensive landscape of the city. Circular processes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • In tight times - look to it for savings

    Software management systems and other IT related initiatives can often provide much needed efficiency boosts when times get tough. CEO of Wastedge.com explains how the use of technology in ones business could get your business through these tough times without the staff cut backs. In the midst of share-price meltdowns, profit erosion, inflation, environmental levies, legislation and increased ...


    By Wastedge.com

  • Sustaining the natural beauty on the Ascension Islands

    It’s a fantastic honour to have been asked to provide a solution to The Ascension Islands. A beautiful location just south of the equator.  An incredibly remote location, with a population of approximately 800 people including a US Airforce base housing 200 residents. Being surrounded by so much ocean and with a limited amount of land means that solid waste is a serious issue that ...

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