Earth Engineering Center Publications

Overview of Food Waste Composting in the U.S.
Priscilla Ulloa
According to the State of Garbage, in 2006, forty-six of the fifty states reported tonnage data for "recycled" (composted or mulched) organics, including yard trimmings and food residuals, and/or wood (non-C&D). The total tonnage of organics composted or mulched was 20,368,139 tons in 2006. This amount represented 5% of estimated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated in the U.S. (387 million tons).
Thermal treatment review
Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis
Global growth of traditional and novel thermal treatment technologies.
Municipal Solid Waste Management in Italy
L. Rigamonti
Italy is a European country with population of 58.5 million. It is divided into 20 regions that can be aggregated in three macro-geographical areas (North, Center and South). The generation of municipal solid wastes (MSW) in Italy in 2004 was 31.1 million metric tones. The source - separated collection of recyclables and compostables was 22.7% of the total MSW production. However, the situation is very different between the macro-geographical areas of Italy: the North has reached a value of 35.5%, the Center 18.3% and the South 8.1%.
Solid Waste Management in Vietnam
Thao Nguyen
In the past decade, strong economic growth and uncontrolled urbanization have greatly magnified the problems with Vietnam’s solid waste management system, pushing waste management to the forefront of environmental challenges with which it must contend. Not only has there been an increase in the amounts of waste generated, the composition of the waste has changed as well.
Methane generation in landfills
Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, Priscilla Ulloa
Methane gas is a by-product of landfilling municipal solid wastes (MSW). Most of the global MSW is dumped in non-regulated landfills and the generated methane is emitted to the atmosphere. Some of the modern regulated landfills attempt to capture and utilize landfill biogas, a renewable energy source, to generate electricity or heat. As of 2001, there were about one thousand landfills collecting landfill biogas worldwide.
The State of Garbage in America
Phil Simmons, Nora Goldstein, Scott M. Kaufman, Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, James Thompson
15th Annual Nationwide Survey of Solid Waste Management in the United States.
Capture and Utilisation of Landfill Gas
Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, Priscilla Ulloa
What is the potential for additional utilisation of landfill gas in the USA and around the world?
Making Energy from Waste
If waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants are considered a relatively more expensive energy option than coal-fired and other power generation plants, why has China - a developing nation of 1.3 billion people known to spend frugally on its public infrastructure - built 39 of them?
Waste incineration and the community - The Amsterdam experience
Thomas McCarthy
The successful community relations strategy followed by the operator of Amsterdam's waste-to- energy plant has convinced the public and other stakeholders of the benefits of incineration for treating the city's waste.
Waste in a land of plenty - Solid waste generation and management in the US
Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, Scott M. Kaufman
The US generates the highest amount of waste per person in the world and continues to rely on landfilling at the expense of recycling and waste-toenergy, according to the latest in an annual series of national surveys on municipal solid waste generation and management.
The State of Garbage in America
Scott M. Kaufman, Nora Goldstein, Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, Karsten Millrath
14th Annual Nationwide Survey of Solid Waste Management in the United States.


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