Household waste management in Europe—Economics and techniques

Household waste management in Europe—Economics and techniques

60 Book reviews Household Waste Management in Europe--Economics and Techniques. Edited by A. V. Bridgwater and K. Lidgren, 249 + xi pp. van Nostrand...

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Household Waste Management in Europe--Economics and Techniques. Edited by A. V. Bridgwater and K. Lidgren, 249 + xi pp. van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Ltd. Price: £16.00. This is not, of course, a book about agricultural wastes, but household wastes impinge on agriculture when landfill is used for the waste disposal or where, as discussed in one chapter in this book, domestic food residues are used as animal feeds. Some problems and techiques of waste management and recycling are c o m m o n to all wastes. The book is based on a conference and each of the fourteen chapters, by different authors, deals with a particular aspect of the 'political', economic and mechanical problems of household waste collection and disposal. While the chapters on some topics such as the discussion of returnable and non-returnable drinks containers, or packaging materials in waste are, obviously, specific to household wastes, others, for instance, methods of transport of wastes, energy or chemicals production, gas production from landfills, have parts, at least, which are relevant to processing of other wastes. The book is well illustrated with diagrams and photographs, and contains much tabulated data, as well as a list of reference papers for each chapter. For the worker in the field of household waste disposal and treatment the book contains much useful information. For those dealing with agricultural wastes parts could be of interest, and the book is not expensive for today. P. N. Hobson

Symposium Papers from Energy from Biomass and Wastes VI, Florida, 1982. Institute of Gas Technology, 3424 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60616, USA. 1301 + x i i p p . Price: US$90-00, paperback. Like the other volumes based on the IGT Symposia, this is a rather massive compendium of 51 papers given at the 1982 Symposium. It is impossible to review every paper in such a volume. The papers describe some aspects of the work of groups, commercial and academic, from a number of countries. The main subject headings, though, give an idea of the areas in which work on biomass energy is proceeding. The production of vegetable biomass as a primary feedstock, and estimates of quantities