This eye-opening course on the realities of recycling may change your recycling habits. In 1960, 94% of the municipal solid waste generated in the US was disposed of in landfills or open burn pits.
In 2013, the majority of waste was still landfilled (53%), but 34% was recycled and 13% was burned with energy recovery. Changing technologies, waste compositions, regulations & increasing environmental awareness drives how we and the rest of the world treat solid municipal waste.
This course will survey current recycling technologies & policies, with emphasis on the recovery of value from municipal solid wastes. In addition to addressing the recycling of glass, paper products, food wastes & traditional common metals (iron, aluminum, copper, etc.), special attention will be paid to plastics & technology metals recycling.