Refuse Reclamation and Recycle

by Joseph F. Malina, Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Dir. of Envir. Health Engrg. Res. Lab.; Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX,


Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 6, Pg. 819-831


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Various aspects of refuse recycle and reclamation were defined and evaluated. Current recycling practices were evaluated, and the use of metal and paper salvage were chosen as most feasible. Fixed and variable costs for six components of a hypothetical solid waste disposal and recycling system were developed from available data. These components are: sorting, baling, size reduction, magnetic separation, transfer, and sanitary landfill. Component cost varied as a function of refuse handling capacity and percent of refuse recycled. All costs were converted to a common base of dollars per ton of refuse produced by dividing total cost of each process by the total tons of refuse produced daily in the area served. The six components were assembled into five different configurations ranging in complexity from a two-component transfer and landfill system with no recycling capability from a two-component transfer and landfill system with no recycling capability to a 6-component system with up to 50% recycle capability. The configurations are compared in terms of flexibility, cost, and economical operating range.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Landfills | Metals (chemical) | Solid wastes | Waste disposal | Magnetic fields | Economic factors

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