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Solid and Hazardous Waste Chapter 21. Core Case Study: E-waste—An Exploding Problem (1)  Electronic waste, e-waste: fastest growing solid waste problem.

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1 Solid and Hazardous Waste Chapter 21

2 Core Case Study: E-waste—An Exploding Problem (1)  Electronic waste, e-waste: fastest growing solid waste problem  Composition includes High-quality plastics Valuable metals Toxic and hazardous pollutants

3 Core Case Study: E-waste—An Exploding Problem (2)  Shipped to other countries What happens in China?  International Basel Convention Bans transferring hazardous wastes from developed countries to developing countries  European Union Cradle-to-grave approach

4 Core Case Study: E-waste—An Exploding Problem (3)  What should be done? Recycle E-cycle Reuse Prevention approach: remove the toxic materials REDUCE CONSUMPTION (or why this chapter kind of sucks, if this word offends you, check outhttp://www.slate.com/id/ /)

5 21-1 What Are Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste, and Why Are They Problems?  Concept 21-1 Solid waste represents pollution and unnecessary waste of resources, and hazardous waste contributes to pollution, natural capital degradation, health problems, and premature deaths.

6 We Throw Away Huge Amounts of Useful Things and Hazardous Materials (1)  Solid waste Industrial solid Municipal solid waste (MSW) Hazardous, toxic, waste  Hazardous wastes Organic compounds Toxic heavy metals Radioactive waste

7 We Throw Away Huge Amounts of Useful Things and Hazardous Materials (2)  80–90% of hazardous wastes produced by developed countries  Why reduce solid wastes? ¾ of the materials are an unnecessary waste of the earth's resources Huge amounts of air pollution, greenhouse gases, and water pollution

8 Natural Capital Degradation: Solid Wastes Polluting a River in Indonesia

9 Solid Waste in the United States  Leader in solid waste problem What is thrown away?  Leader in trash production, by weight, per person  Recycling is helping

10 Hundreds of Millions of Discarded Tires in a Dump in Colorado, U.S.

11 21-2 How Should We Deal with Solid Waste?  Concept 21-2 A sustainable approach to solid waste is first to reduce it, then to reuse or recycle it, and finally to safely dispose of what is left.

12 We Can Burn or Bury Solid Waste or Produce Less of It  Waste Management  Waste Reduction  Integrated waste management Uses a variety of strategies

13 Fig. 21-5, p. 565 Raw materials Processing and manufacturing Products Solid and hazardous wastes generated during the manufacturing process Waste generated by households and businesses Food/yard waste Hazardous waste Remaining mixed waste PlasticGlassMetalPaper To manufacturers for reuse or for recycling Compost Hazardous waste management Landfill Incinerator Fertilizer

14 Fig. 21-6, p. 565 First PrioritySecond PriorityLast Priority Primary Pollution and Waste Prevention Secondary Pollution and Waste Prevention Waste Management Change industrial process to eliminate use of harmful chemicals Reuse Treat waste to reduce toxicity Repair Incinerate waste Use less of a harmful product Recycle Bury waste in landfills Reduce packaging and materials in products Compost Release waste into environment for dispersal or dilution Make products that last longer and are recyclable, reusable, or easy to repair Buy reusable and recyclable products

15 Science Focus: Garbology  William Rathje: analyzes garbage in landfills  Landfills and trash decomposition

16 We Can Cut Solid Wastes by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling (1)  Waste reduction is based on Reduce Reuse Recycle  Seven strategies: (1) Redesign manufacturing processes and products to use less material and energy (2) Redesign manufacturing processes to produce less waste and pollution

17 We Can Cut Solid Wastes by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling (2)  Seven strategies cont… (3) Develop products that are easy to repair, reuse, remanufacture, compost, or recycle (4) Eliminate or reduce unnecessary packaging (5) Use fee-per-bag waste collection systems (6) Establish cradle-to grave responsibility (7) Restructure urban transportation systems

18 What Can You Do? Solid Waste

19 21-3 Why Is Reusing and Recycling Materials So Important?  Concept 21-3 Reusing items decreases the use of matter and energy resources and reduces pollution and natural capital degradation; recycling does so to a lesser degree.

20 Reuse: Important Way to Reduce Solid Waste, Pollution and to Save Money  Reuse: clean and use materials over and over  Downside of reuse in developing countries  Salvaging automobiles parts  Rechargeable batteries

21 Case Study: Use of Refillable Containers  Reuse and recycle Refillable glass beverage bottles Refillable soft drink bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic  Paper, plastic, or reusable cloth bags Pros Cons

22 Energy Consumption Involved with Using Different Types of 350 ml Containers

23 What Can You Do? Reuse

24 There Are Two Types of Recycling (1)  Primary, closed-loop recycling  Secondary recycling  Types of wastes that can be recycled Preconsumer: internal waste Postconsumer: external waste

25 There Are Two Types of Recycling (2)  Do items actually get recycled?  What are the numbers?  Will the consumer buy recycled goods?

26 We Can Mix or Separate Household Solid Wastes for Recycling  Materials-recovery facilities (MRFs)  Source separation Pay-as-you-throw Fee-per-bag  Which program is more cost effective?  Which is friendlier to the environment?

27 We Can Copy Nature and Recycle Biodegradable Solid Wastes  Composting Individual Municipal  Benefits  Successful program in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

28 Backyard Composter Drum: Bacteria Convert Kitchen Waste into Compost

29 Case Study: Recycling Paper  Production of paper versus recycled paper Energy use Water use Pollution  Countries that are recycling  Replacement of chlorine-based bleaching chemicals with H 2 O 2 or O 2

30 Case Study: Recycling Plastics (1)  Plastics: composed of resins  Most containers discarded: 4% recycled  Litter: beaches, water Significance?

31 Case Study: Recycling Plastics (2)  Low plastic recycling rate Hard to isolate one type of plastic Low yields of plastic Cheaper to make it new

32 Discarded Solid Waste Litters Beaches

33 Science Focus: Bioplastics (1)  Plastics from soybeans: not a new concept  Key to bioplastics: catalysts  Sources Corn Soy Sugarcane

34 Science Focus: Bioplastics (2)  Sources cont… Switchgrass Chicken feathers Some garbage CO 2 from coal-burning plant emissions  Benefits: lighter, stronger, cheaper, and biodegradable

35 Fig , p. 573 TRADE-OFFS Recycling AdvantagesDisadvantages Reduces air and water pollution Can cost more than burying in areas with ample landfill space Saves energy Reduces mineral demand May lose money for items such as glass and some plastics Reduces greenhouse gas emissions Reduces solid waste production and disposal Reduces profits for landfill and incinerator owners Helps protect biodiversity Can save landfill space Source separation is inconvenient for some people Important part of economy

36 We Can Encourage Reuse and Recycling (1)  What hinders reuse and recycling?  Encourage reuse and recycling Government Increase subsidies and tax breaks for using such products Decrease subsidies and tax breaks for making items from virgin resources

37 We Can Encourage Reuse and Recycling (2) Fee-per-bag collection New laws Citizen pressure

38 21-4 The Advantages and Disadvantages of Burning or Burying Solid Waste  Concept 21-4 Technologies for burning and burying solid wastes are well developed, but burning contributes to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and buried wastes eventually contribute to pollution and land degradation.

39 Burning Solid Waste Has Advantages and Disadvantages  Waste-to-energy incinerators  600 Globally Most in Great Britain  Advantages  Disadvantages

40 Solutions: A Waste-to-Energy Incinerator with Pollution Controls

41 Trade-Offs: Incineration, Advantages and Disadvantages

42 Burying Solid Waste Has Advantages and Disadvantages  Open dumps  Sanitary landfills

43 When landfill is full, layers of soil and clay seal in trash Topsoil Sand Electricity generator building Clay Garbage Methane storage and compressor building Leachate treatment system Probes to detect methane leaks Pipes collect explosive methane for use as fuel to generate electricity Methane gas recovery well Leachate storage tank Compacted solid waste Leachate pipes Garbage Leachate pumped up to storage tank for safe disposal Groundwater monitoring well Sand Synthetic liner Leachate monitoring well Sand Groundwater Clay Clay and plastic lining to prevent leaks; pipes collect leachate from bottom of landfill Subsoil

44 Fig , p. 576 TRADE-OFFS Sanitary Landfills AdvantagesDisadvantages No open burningNoise and traffic Little odor Dust Low groundwater pollution if sited properly Air pollution from toxic gases and trucks Can be built quickly Releases greenhouse gases (methane and CO 2 ) unless they are collected Low operating costs Can handle large amounts of waste Slow decomposition of wastes Filled land can be used for other purposes Output approach that encourages waste production No shortage of landfill space in many areas Eventually leaks and can contaminate groundwater

45 21-5 How Should We Deal with Hazardous Waste?  Concept 21-5 A sustainable approach to hazardous waste is first to produce less of it, then to reuse or recycle it, then to convert it to less hazardous materials, and finally, to safely store what is left.

46 We Can Use Integrated Management of Hazardous Waste  Integrated management of hazardous wastes Produce less Convert to less hazardous substances Rest in long-term safe storage  Increased use for postconsumer hazardous waste

47 Fig , p. 577 Produce Less Hazardous Waste Convert to Less Hazardous or Nonhazardous Substances Put in Perpetual Storage Change industrial processes to reduce or eliminate hazardous waste production Natural decompositionLandfill Incineration Underground injection wells Recycle and reuse hazardous waste Thermal treatment Surface impoundments Chemical, physical, and biological treatment Underground salt formations Dilution in air or water

48 We Can Detoxify Hazardous Wastes  Collect and then detoxify Physical methods Chemical methods Use nanomagnets Bioremediation Phytoremediation  Incineration  Using a plasma arc torch

49 Solutions: Phytoremediation

50 Fig , p. 579 TRADE-OFFS Phytoremediation AdvantagesDisadvantages Easy to establishSlow (can take several growing seasons) Inexpensive Effective only at depth plant roots can reach Can reduce material dumped into landfills Some toxic organic chemicals may evaporate from plant leaves Produces little air pollution compared to incineration Some plants can become toxic to animals Low energy use

51 We Can Store Some Forms of Hazardous Waste  Burial on land or long-term storage  Deep-well disposal  Surface impoundments  Secure hazardous landfills

52 Fig , p. 580 TRADE-OFFS Deep-Well Disposal AdvantagesDisadvantages Safe method if sites are chosen carefully Leaks or spills at surface Leaks from corrosion of well casing Wastes can often be retrieved if problems develop Existing fractures or earthquakes can allow wastes to escape into groundwater Output approach that encourages waste production Easy to do Low cost

53 Surface Impoundment in Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.

54 Fig , p. 581 TRADE-OFFS Surface Impoundments AdvantagesDisadvantages Low construction costs Groundwater contamination from leaking liners (or no lining) Low operating costs Air pollution from volatile organic compounds Can be built quickly Overflow from flooding Wastes can often be retrieved if necessary Disruption and leakage from earthquakes Can store wastes indefinitely with secure double liners Output approach that encourages waste production

55 Solutions: Secure Hazardous Waste Landfill

56 Fig , p. 582 Bulk waste Gas vent Topsoil Earth Plastic cover Sand Impervious clay cap Clay cap Impervious clay Water table Earth Leak detection system Groundwater Double leachate collection system Plastic double liner Reactive wastes in drums Groundwater monitoring well

57 What Can You Do? Hazardous Waste

58 Case Study: Hazardous Waste Regulation in the United States  1976: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)  1980: Comprehensive Environmental, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund Pace of cleanup has slowed Superfund is broke  Laws encouraging the cleanup of brownfields

59 Leaking Barrels of Toxic Waste at a Superfund Site in the United States

60 21-6 How Can We Make the Transition to a More Sustainable Low-Waste Society?  Concept 21-6 Shifting to a low-waste society requires individuals and businesses to reduce resource use and to reuse and recycle wastes at local, national, and global levels.

61 Grassroots Action Has Led to Better Solid and Hazardous Waste Management  “Not in my backyard”  Produce less waste “Not in anyone’s backyard” “Not on planet Earth”

62 Providing Environmental Justice for Everyone Is an Important Goal  Environmental Justice  Which communities in the U.S. have the largest share of hazardous waster dumps? Communities of color Low earning communities

63 We Can Make the Transition to Low-Waste Societies  Norway, Austria, and the Netherlands Committed to reduce resource waste by 75%  East Hampton, NY, U.S. Reduced solid waste by 85%  Follow guidelines to prevent pollution and reduce waste

64 “To prevent pollution and reduce waste”  Everything is connected  There is NO Away, ans in to throw away, for the wastes we produce  Dilution is not always the solution to pollution  Polluters and producers should pay for the wastes they produce  Different categories of hazardous waste and recyclable waste should no be mixed  We should mimic nature by resuing, recycling, or composing at least 7% of the solid wastes we produce

65 “To prevent pollution and reduce waste”  “The best and cheapest ways to deal with solid and hazardous wastes are waste reduction and pollution prevention.”  AND YET, still no mention of what this really means….  BUY LESS STUFF   Seriously, if you learn nothing else in this class, learn that stuff doesn’t make you happy and none of us need half of the junk we buy.


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