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Chapter 18 - SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL

These class lecture notes for GEOLOGY 1305 Environmental Science were developed by Dr. Dean Ayres of the Department of Geology and Geographic Information Science at Houston Community College Southwest, and his permission to present these notes on this web page is greatly appreciated.

 

Sources of Solid Waste

Municipal Solid Waste

 

METHODS OF WASTE DISPOSAL

Landfilling (80% of municipal waste)

Landfilling Benefits

Landfilling Disadvantages

Incineration (17% is incinerated)

Incineration Benefits

Incineration Disadvantages

Methods of Solid Waste Disposal

Pollution Prevention and Source Reduction

Recycling (10% of waste)

Recycling Concerns

Municipal Composting

Municipal Composting Concerns

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