Waste Production Articles

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Rapid Field-Screening of Waste Oil/Solvent Drums with Horizontal ATR / Fast-Screening IR Spectroscopy

    While the growth of technology and industry has given us a high standard of living, it has also given us a greater amount of waste products to deal with. A significant portion of the waste is either buried underground or stored in abandoned warehouses. Some of this waste material may be harmless and innocuous, and some may be quite hazardous; but all of it must be tested by some procedure to ...


    By Buck Scientific Inc

  • Reverse logistics in effective recovery of products from waste materials

    Technical solutions for the recovery of products from waste materials become more and more available. To have these new technologies implemented in a real world, a feasibility study is indispensable. For this purpose, it is often imperative to adopt the viewpoint of an individual firm and ask whether it would be wise to engage in product recovery activities or not. Aspects of economics and ...


    By Springer

  • 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

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