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An Introduction to Waste Management and Circular Economy

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Stijn van Ewijk, University College London

Julia Stegemann, University College London

Copyright Year: 2023

ISBN 13: 9781800084650

Publisher: UCL Press

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • SI units and prefixes
  • List of boxes
  • List of exercises
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Materials and waste
  • The impacts of waste
  • Assessment methods
  • Policy and legislation
  • Waste prevention
  • Collection and treatment
  • Waste recycling
  • Energy recovery and disposal
  • The circular economy
  • Further reading
  • References
  • Index

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About the Book

This introductory textbook provides an essential interdisciplinary guide to waste management and circular economy. It helps students to understand the drivers of waste, the environmental, social, and economic impacts of waste generation, and best practices and technologies for waste management, recycling, energy recovery and disposal.

With helpful, full-colour diagrams throughout, each chapter includes learning objectives, introduction to concepts and themes, exercises and review sections, to guide students through the book.

The textbook is ideal for teaching environmental engineering and science, as well as interdisciplinary environmental programmes.

About the Contributors


Stijn van Ewijk is Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at UCL. He has a PhD in Sustainable Resources and Engineering from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University.

Julia Stegemann is Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCL. She has more than thirty years of experience with waste management and resource efficiency and is Director of the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials.

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