Putting Waste to Work (an Engineer's Obligation to the Environment)

by James Richard Long, (S.M.ASCE), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 12, Pg. 64-65

Document Type: Feature article


With a limited supply of natural resources and overwhelming amounts of waste material overburdening the country's landfills, engineers are faced with tremendous challenges to meet future demands. One solution to the growing dilemma would be somehow to make use of the millions of tons of trash Americans discard each year. This leads to the proposed question: How can civil engineers make use of reclaimed waste products in construction? This paper, which won the 1995 Daniel W. Mead Student Paper Contest describes how efforts to recycling waste products such as automobile tires, fly ash, glass, plastic and sludge lightens the demands on landfills and saves the world's valuable resources for future generations, says the winner of.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Landfills | Solid wastes | Natural resources | Industrial wastes | Construction wastes | Students | Tire recycling

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