Accession Number:

ADA305153

Title:

Resource Recovery from Plastic and Glass Wastes.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

PACIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INC SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

159.0

Abstract:

This research program was initiated with the overall objective of assessing and evaluating State-of-the-Art for recovery of glass and plastic wastes from solid wastes. Literature was gathered from numerous sources, contacts were made with industrial and recycling organizations, and questionnaires were distributed among applicable firms involved in glass and plastic recovery. Data derived from literature was collected, reduced and evaluated for technical, economic, and environmental content. Both industries were characterized by processes, material flows, economic dynamics, and waste generated. Methods for recovery, e.g., collecting, aggregating, processing, and transporting, and recycling were identified. Economic and environmental parameters are provided. Currently, labor-intensive source separation of glass and plastics predominate, although mechanical recovery will achieve greater importance in the years ahead. Finally, research activities and State-of-the-Art abroad are identified. Where feasible, their relative importance is assessed. This report was submitted in fulfillment of Contract No. 68-03-2708 by Pacific Environmental Services, Inc. under the sponsorship of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This report covers the period May 1978 to January 1980, and work was completed as of July 1, 1980. AN

Subject Categories:

  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Plastics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE