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1 Lecture 41: Waste Management 1. Waste basics 2. Example: Love Canal, NY 3. Types of waste 4. Methods of waste disposal 5. The Superfund: costs & benefits WASTE • According to EPA, U.S. produces 11 billion tons of solid waste annually. – About half is agricultural waste. – More than one-third is mining related. – Industrial Waste - 400 million metric tons. • Hazardous/Toxic - 60 million metric tons. – Municipal Waste - 230 million metric tons. Two kg per person / per day. Twice as much per capita as Europe & Japan 5-10 times as much as developing countries U.S. Solid Municipal Waste U.S. Solid Municipal Waste • Where does all this go? • Over half goes to landfill. • About a quarter is recycled. • 14% is incinerated • 7% gets composted Horror story of US Industrial waste: LOVE CANAL, NEW YORK LOVE CANAL, NEW YORK • Neighborhood outside Niagara Falls, NY. • Subdivision created when Hooker E-C
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course FNR 103 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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