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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195008/packaging-waste-prevention-in-the-distribution-of-fruit-and-vegetables-an-assessment-based-on-the-life-cycle-perspective
#1
Camilla Tua, Simone Nessi, Lucia Rigamonti, Giovanni Dolci, Mario Grosso
In recent years, alternative food supply chains based on short distance production and delivery have been promoted as being more environmentally friendly than those applied by the traditional retailing system. An example is the supply of seasonal and possibly locally grown fruit and vegetables directly to customers inside a returnable crate (the so-called 'box scheme'). In addition to other claimed environmental and economic advantages, the box scheme is often listed among the packaging waste prevention measures...
February 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190373/effects-of-drying-pretreatment-and-particle-size-adjustment-on-the-composting-process-of-discarded-flue-cured-tobacco-leaves
#2
Gui-Hong Zhao, Yan-Ling Yu, Xiang-Tong Zhou, Bin-Yu Lu, Zi-Mu Li, Yu-Jie Feng
The main characteristic of discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves is their high nicotine content. Aerobic composting is an effective method to decrease the nicotine level in tobacco leaves and stabilize tobacco wastes. However, high levels of nicotine in discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves complicate tobacco waste composting. This work proposes a drying pretreatment process to reduce the nicotine content in discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves and thus enhance its carbon-to-nitrogen ratio to a suitable level for composting...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148208/a-novel-risk-assessment-method-for-landfill-slope-failure-case-study-application-for-bhalswa-dumpsite-india
#3
Ali Jahanfar, Mohsen Amirmojahedi, Bahram Gharabaghi, Brajesh Dubey, Edward McBean, Dinesh Kumar
Rapid population growth of major urban centres in many developing countries has created massive landfills with extraordinary heights and steep side-slopes, which are frequently surrounded by illegal low-income residential settlements developed too close to landfills. These extraordinary landfills are facing high risks of catastrophic failure with potentially large numbers of fatalities. This study presents a novel method for risk assessment of landfill slope failure, using probabilistic analysis of potential failure scenarios and associated fatalities...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148206/microwave-as-an-emerging-technology-for-the-treatment-of-biohazardous-waste-a-mini-review
#4
Klaus Zimmermann
Microwave is an emerging technology to treat biohazardous waste, including material from healthcare facilities. A screen of the peer-reviewed literature shows that only limited information may be found in this area of work and, furthermore, analysis of the references reveals that sometimes not all necessary aspects for the appropriate use of the technology are considered. Very often conventional microwave technology is applied for the inactivation of pathogens, which might make sense for certain applications but, on the other hand, may lead to the misbelief that microwave systems cannot be used for the inactivation of a solid "dry" waste...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142600/recycling-red-mud-from-the-production-of-aluminium-as-a-red-cement-based-mortar
#5
Xiaojie Yang, Jianfeng Zhao, Haoxin Li, Piqi Zhao, Qin Chen
Current management for red mud is insufficient and a new method is needed. A series of experiments have been carried out to develop a new approach for effective management of red mud. Mortars without or with 3%, 6% and 9% red mud were prepared and their fresh and hardened properties were measured to access the possibility of recycling the red mud in the production of red cement-based mortar. The mechanisms corresponding to their mechanical performance variations were explored by X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110634/estimation-of-the-amount-of-asbestos-cement-roofing-in-poland
#6
Ewa Wilk, Małgorzata Krówczyńska, Piotr Pabjanek, Piotr Mędrzycki
The unique set of physical and chemical properties has led to many industrial applications of asbestos worldwide; one of them was roof covering. Asbestos is harmful to human health, and therefore its use was legally forbidden. Since in Poland there is no adequate data on the amount of asbestos-cement roofing, the objective of this study was to estimate its quantity on the basis of physical inventory taking with the use of aerial imagery, and the application of selected statistical features. Data pre-processing and analysis was executed in R Statistical Environment v...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110630/healthcare-waste-management-during-disasters-and-its-effects-on-climate-change-lessons-from-2010-earthquake-and-cholera-tragedies-in-haiti
#7
Emilia M Raila, David O Anderson
Despite growing effects of human activities on climate change throughout the world, and global South in particular, scientists are yet to understand how poor healthcare waste management practices in an emergency influences the climate change. This article presents new findings on climate change risks of healthcare waste disposal during and after the 2010 earthquake and cholera disasters in Haiti. The researchers analysed quantities of healthcare waste incinerated by the United Nations Mission in Haiti for 60 months (2009 to 2013)...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098023/key-parameters-for-behaviour-related-to-source-separation-of-household-organic-waste-a-case-study-in-hanoi-vietnam
#8
Kosuke Kawai, Luong Thi Mai Huong
Proper management of food waste, a major component of municipal solid waste (MSW), is needed, especially in developing Asian countries where most MSW is disposed of in landfill sites without any pretreatment. Source separation can contribute to solving problems derived from the disposal of food waste. An organic waste source separation and collection programme has been operated in model areas in Hanoi, Vietnam, since 2007. This study proposed three key parameters (participation rate, proper separation rate and proper discharge rate) for behaviour related to source separation of household organic waste, and monitored the progress of the programme based on the physical composition of household waste sampled from 558 households in model programme areas of Hanoi...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098022/system-dynamics-research-of-remanufacturing-closed-loop-supply-chain-dominated-by-the-third-party
#9
Shidi Miao, Tengfei Wang, Deyun Chen
With the rapid development of the electronic information industry in recent years, electronic products are being updated faster and faster, and e-waste recycling has become a common problem around the world. Firstly, this article contrasts recycling at home and abroad using the predicament of Midea Corp. Based on a closed-loop supply chain with the system dynamics method, a model is constructed and simulated. In this model, the collection point coverage rate is introduced to adjust the e-waste recycling rate dynamically...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097956/biohydrogen-production-from-used-diapers-evaluation-of-effect-of-temperature-and-substrate-conditioning
#10
P X Sotelo-Navarro, H M Poggi-Varaldo, S J Turpin-Marion, A Vázquez-Morillas, M Beltrán-Villavicencio, R M Espinosa-Valdemar
This research assessed the viability to use disposable diapers as a substrate for the production of biohydrogen, a valuable clean-energy source. The important content of cellulose of disposable diapers indicates that this waste could be an attractive substrate for biofuel production. Two incubation temperatures (35 °C and 55 °C) and three diaper conditioning methods (whole diapers with faeces, urine, and plastics, WD; diapers without plastic components, with urine and faeces, DWP; diapers with urine but without faeces and plastic, MSD) were tested in batch bioreactors...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097947/evaluating-waste-printed-circuit-boards-recycling-opportunities-and-challenges-a-mini-review
#11
Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, Gabriel Ionut Zlamparet, Xianlai Zeng, Jinhui Li
Rapid generation of waste printed circuit boards has become a very serious issue worldwide. Numerous techniques have been developed in the last decade to resolve the pollution from waste printed circuit boards, and also recover valuable metals from the waste printed circuit boards stream on a large-scale. However, these techniques have their own certain specific drawbacks that need to be rectified properly. In this review article, these recycling technologies are evaluated based on a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097927/assessment-and-comparison-of-three-high-aluminum-fly-ash-utilization-scenarios-in-inner-mongolia-china-using-an-eco-efficiency-indicator
#12
Shuo Yang, Ling Lin, Shao Peng Li, Qiang Li, Xiu Teng Wang, Liang Sun
Utilization of fly ash is of great importance in China in the context of resource and environmental crises. Different fly ash utilization processes are proposed, and some have been practically applied. However, none of these fly ash utilization pathways has been evaluated comprehensively by integrating both environmental and economic perspectives. In this study, three high-aluminum fly ash utilization methods in Mongolia were assessed and compared based on the concept of eco-efficiency. The environmental assessment was conducted in accordance with life-cycle assessment principles, and a monetization-weighting approach was applied to obtain social willingness-to-pay as a reflection of environmental impact...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097923/co-processing-of-olive-bagasse-with-crude-rapeseed-oil-via-pyrolysis
#13
Suat Uçar, Selhan Karagöz
The co-pyrolysis of olive bagasse with crude rapeseed oil at different blend ratios was investigated at 500ºC in a fixed bed reactor. The effect of olive bagasse to crude rapeseed oil ratio on the product distributions and properties of the pyrolysis products were comparatively investigated. The addition of crude rapeseed oil into olive bagasse in the co-pyrolysis led to formation of upgraded biofuels in terms of liquid yields and properties. While the pyrolysis of olive bagasse produced a liquid yield of 52...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097922/cascade-use-indicators-for-selected-biopolymers-are-we-aiming-for-the-right-solutions-in-the-design-for-recycling-of-bio-based-polymers
#14
Jakob Hildebrandt, Alberto Bezama, Daniela Thrän
When surveying the trends and criteria for the design for recycling (DfR) of bio-based polymers, priorities appear to lie in energy recovery at the end of the product life of durable products, such as bio-based thermosets. Non-durable products made of thermoplastic polymers exhibit good properties for material recycling. The latter commonly enjoy growing material recycling quotas in countries that enforce a landfill ban. Quantitative and qualitative indicators are needed for characterizing progress in the development towards more recycling friendly bio-based polymers...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097920/extending-the-life-cycle-of-reverse-osmosis-membranes-a-review
#15
Eduardo Coutinho de Paula, Míriam Cristina Santos Amaral
The reverse osmosis (RO) technology for desalination and demineralization serves the global water crisis context, both technically and economically, and its market is growing. However, RO membranes have a limited life-cycle and are often disposed of in landfills. The impacts caused by the disposal of thousands of tonnes per annum of RO membranes have grown dramatically around the world. Waste prevention should have a high priority and take effect before the end-of-life phase of a product is reached. In this review, a summary is presented of the main advances in the performance of the RO technology and the membrane lifespan...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093954/inhibitory-effect-of-high-calcium-concentration-on-municipal-solid-waste-leachate-treatment-by-the-activated-sludge-process
#16
Yi Xia, Pin Jing He, Hong Xia Pu, Fan Lü, Li Ming Shao, Hua Zhang
This research focused on the inhibitory effects of Ca on the aerobic biological treatment of landfill leachate containing extremely high Ca concentrations. When the Ca concentration in leachate to be treated was more than 4500 mg l(-1), the total organic carbon removal rate was significantly reduced and the processing time to achieve the same removal efficiency was 1.4 times that in the control treatment without added Ca. In contrast, the total nitrogen and ammonia nitrogen (NH4(+)-N) removal efficiencies were positively related to the Ca concentration, increasing from 65...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093953/case-study-is-the-catch-all-plastics-bin-useful-in-unlocking-the-hidden-resource-potential-in-the-residual-waste-collection-system
#17
Lukas Kranzinger, Kerstin Schopf, Roland Pomberger, Elisabeth Punesch
Austria's performance in the collection of separated waste is adequate. However, the residual waste still contains substantial amounts of recyclable materials - for example, plastics, paper and board, glass and composite packaging. Plastics (lightweight packaging and similar non-packaging materials) are detected at an average mass content of 13% in residual waste. Despite this huge potential, only 3% of the total amount of residual waste (1,687,000 t y(-1)) is recycled. This implies that most of the recyclable materials contained in the residual waste are destined for thermal recovery and are lost for recycling...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093951/qualitative-comparison-of-polyethylene-terephthalate-flakes-from-various-collection-systems-in-germany
#18
H Snell, A Nassour, M Nelles
In 2003, a deposit system for one-way packaging was introduced in Germany. Since that time, polyethylene terephthalate beverage packaging is collected through various collection systems, a deposit system, a reusable packaging system and the 'Green Dot' (the dual system) with the yellow bag. The manner of collection had a decisive influence on the quality of the generated recycled materials. The research at hand shows for the first time how the quality of polyethylene terephthalate flakes depends on the type of collection system...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068885/a-methodical-approach-for-the-assessment-of-waste-sorting-plants
#19
Alexander Feil, Thomas Pretz, Philipp Vitz, Eggo Ulphard Thoden van Velzen
A techno-economical evaluation of the processing result of waste sorting plants should at least provide a realistic assessment of the recovery yields of valuable materials and of the qualities of the obtained products. This practical data is generated by weighing all the output products and sampling these products. Due to the technological complexity of sorting plants, for example, lightweight packaging waste treatments plants and the high expenditures concerning time and costs of sampling with subsequent manual sorting for quality determination, usually only final products undergo such an investigation...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064843/challenges-and-opportunities-of-biodegradable-plastics-a-mini-review
#20
Maja Rujnić-Sokele, Ana Pilipović
The concept of materials coming from nature with environmental advantages of being biodegradable and/or biobased (often referred to as bioplastics) is very attractive to the industry and to the consumers. Bioplastics already play an important role in the fields of packaging, agriculture, gastronomy, consumer electronics and automotive, but still they have a very low share in the total production of plastics (currently about 1% of the about 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually). Biodegradable plastics are often perceived as the possible solution for the waste problem, but biodegradability is just an additional feature of the material to be exploited at the end of its life in specific terms, in the specific disposal environment and in a specific time, which is often forgotten...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
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