Waste has always been an issue for mankind, and the approaches to dealing with waste have their own environmental consequences. Today waste is seen as potential resource, especially for the recovery of rare earth elements. Waste as a Resource (2013, ISBN 978-1-84973-668-8) This volume examines the potential resource available from several waste streams, both domestic and industrial. Opportunities for exploiting waste are discussed, along with their environmental and ecomic considerations. Landfill remains an unavoidable solution in some circumstances, and the current situation regarding this is also presented. Other chapters focus on mine waste, the recovery of fertilisers, and the growing potential for compost. Electronic Waste Management (2008, ISBN 978-0-85404-112-1) Electronic waste contains toxic and carcigenic compounds, which can pose a risk to the environment. However, if handled correctly, electronic waste presents a valuable source of secondary raw materials. The European Union has implemented the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE Directive) to tackle this growing problem. This book discusses the directive and examines current legislation in the USA and other parts of the world. Environmental and Health Impact of Solid Waste Management Activities (2002, ISBN 978-0-85404-285-2) This book, written by international experts, discusses the various waste disposal options that are available (landfill, incineration, composting, recycling) and then reviews their impact on the environment, and particularly on human health. Comprehensive and highly topical, Environmental and Health Impact of Solid Waste Management Activities will make a strong contribution to scientific kwledge in the area, and will be of value to scientists and policy-makers in particular. Waste Treatment and Disposal (1995, ISBN 978-0-85404-210-4) Waste Treatment and Disposal examines the environmental impact of sewage and industrial effluent treatment on inland and coastal waters, in the atmosphere and on land. It also looks into current practice in the design, engineering, operation and control of landfill sites, and the effect of changes in regulatory policy. A wide range of waste management practices result in atmospheric discharges and this book reviews the localized impacts and mitigation of the discharge and the regulatory framework within which waste management has to operate. This is a print only set.
The series has been edited by Professors Hester and Harrison since it began in 1994. Professor Roy Harrison OBE is listed by ISI Thomson Scientific (on ISI Web of Knowledge) as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Environmental Science/Ecology category. He has an h-index of 54 (i.e. 54 of his papers have received 54 or more citations in the literature). In 2004 he was appointed OBE for services to environmental science in the New Year Honours List. He was profiled by the Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Vol 5, pp 39N-41N, 2003). Professor Harrison's research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy. Now an emeritus professor, Professor Ron Hester's current activities in chemistry are mainly as an editor and as an external examiner and assessor. He also retains appointments as external examiner and assessor / adviser on courses, individual promotions, and departmental / subject area evaluations both in the UK and abroad.