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Solid Waste Engineering: A Global Perspective, SI Edition, 3rd Edition

  • William A. Worrell
  • P. Aarne Vesilind
  • Christian Ludwig
  • ISBN-10: 1305638603
  • ISBN-13: 9781305638600
  • 448 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Equip your students to address the growing and increasingly intricate problem of controlling and processing the refuse created by global urban societies with SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, 3E. While the authors prepare readers to deal with issues, such as regulations and legislation, the book primarily emphasizes developing and implementing solid waste engineering principles. The book first explains basic principles of the field, then demonstrates how to apply these principles in real world settings through worked examples. This proven approach helps your graduate or advanced undergraduate students learn to think reflectively and logically about problems and solutions in today's solid waste engineering.


  • ENGINEER-CENTERED TEXT IS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS. This is the first textbook on solid waste engineering written exclusively by engineers to provide a unique, practical focus that's designed for today's engineering students.

  • FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES EMPHASIZES TODAY'S MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION. This edition's content features up-to-date technology on solid-waste collection, processing, conversion, and disposal. You will also find a timely chapter on current issues that reflects emerging topics that are relevant in today's industry.

  • CONTENT INTEGRATES ENGINEERING ECONOMICS AND ETHICS. Students learn how engineering economics applies to solid-waste engineering. The book also includes a focus on ethical considerations in the design of solid-waste management systems.

  • DESIGN PROBLEM ENABLES INTEGRATED LONG-TERM PRACTICE. This edition includes a supplementary design problem that you can use as a semester-long project with weekly submissions of reports and a final compilation of an assimilated full engineering report.

  • CHAPTER ON ZERO-WASTE HIGHLIGHTS THIS CURRENT ISSUE. Students learn how Zero Waste management and planning approaches emphasize waste prevention so no trash is sent to landfills or incinerators.

  • FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY FEATURES THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY. Students gain a first-hand look at the use of today's technology in solid-waste collection, processing, conversion and disposal.


"There are more relevant photos in this text compared to my current text and in general the photos and illustrations in this text are much better than the ones in the text I am currently using…the [exercises] present a good range of difficulty."
— R. Ryan Dupont, Utah State University

About the Author

William A. Worrell

William A. Worrell received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. His master's thesis involved evaluating the separation efficiencies of various air classifiers. In 1989 he attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Summer Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Mr. Worrell has published and/or presented 56 professional papers in the United States, England, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Peru, and China. He is a registered professional engineer in California, Georgia, and Florida.

P. Aarne Vesilind

P. Aarne Vesilind received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. He spent a post-doctoral year with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo and a year as a research engineer with Bird Machine Company. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1970 where he served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 1999, he was appointed to the R. L. Rooke Chair of the Historical and Societal Context of Engineering at Bucknell University. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2006.

Christian Ludwig

Christian Ludwig received his master's degree (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) from the Chemistry Department at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Post-doctoral years were spent at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources (LAWR), UC Davis, CA (1994-1995) and at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology EAWAG (1995-1997). Since 1997, he has worked at the General Energy Research Department of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). In 2005 he was appointed adjunct professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in the field of Solid Waste Treatment. He has (co-)chaired several large international conferences focusing on Resources and Waste Management, such as REWAS and World Resources Forum.

Table of Contents

Solid Waste in History. Materials Flow. The Need for Integrated Solid Waste Management. Special Wastes. Final Thoughts. Problems.
Definitions. Municipal Solid Waste Generation. Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Measuring Particle Size. Problems.
Refuse Collection Systems. Commercial Wastes. Transfer Stations. Collection of Recyclable Materials. Litter and Street Cleanliness. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Design of Collection Systems. Problems.
Refuse Physical Characteristics. Storing MSW. Conveying. Compacting. Shredding. Pulping. Roll Crushing. Granulating. Final Thoughts. Appendix: The PI Breakage Theorem. Problems.
General Expressions for Materials Separation. Picking (Hand Sorting). Screens. Float/Sink Separators. Magnets and Electromechanical Separators. Other Devices for Materials Separation. Materials Separation Systems. Final Thoughts. Problems.
Methane Generation by Anaerobic Digestion. Composting. Final Thoughts. Problems.
Heat Value of Refuse. Materials and Thermal Balances. Combustion Hardware Used for MSW. Undesirable Effects of Combustion. Final Thoughts. Problems.
Planning, Siting, and Permitting of Landfills. Landfill Processes. Landfill Design. Landfill Operations. Post-Closure Care and Use of Old Landfills. Landfill Mining. Final Thoughts. Problems.
Life Cycle Analysis and Management. Flow Control. Public or Private Ownership and Operation. Contracting for Solid Waste Services. Financing Solid Waste Facilities. Hazardous Materials. Environmental Justice. The Role of the Solid Waste Engineer. Final Thoughts. Epilogue. Problems. Appendix: The Zero Waste Approach to Resource Management.
Appendix A: The Phantom Solid Waste Problem.
Appendix B: Bulk Densities of Refuse Components.
Appendix C: Conversions.
Appendix D: Composition and Analysis of Waste, Raw Material and Fuels.

New to this edition

  • IMPROVED STRUCTURE MORE ACCURATELY CORRESPONDS WITH SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TODAY. The authors have carefully revised the order of presentation and chapters within this edition to more closely reflect the hierarchy of solid waste management, which includes reduce, reuse, recycle, and recovery.
  • NEW GLOBAL FOCUS OFFERS EXPANDED VIEWPOINTS ON THIS WORLD-WIDE ISSUE. Students examine the problems and challenges inherent in solid waste management both within the U.S. and on a global scale.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website, SI Edition  (ISBN-10: 1305674669 | ISBN-13: 9781305674660)

Discover everything you need for your course in one place including the online Instructor's Solutions Manual and helpful Lecture Note PowerPoints® slides. All resources are available with password protection.

Online Instructor's Solution, SI Edition  (ISBN-10: 1305885074 | ISBN-13: 9781305885073)

This edition is accompanied by an invaluable online Instructor's Solutions Manual that includes complete solutions to homework exercises for your convenience in grading.