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All waste system elements should be looked upon as being stages in the movement, or flow, of materials from the mining stage, via processing, production and consumption stage towards final treatment and disposal. A waste management system is a combination of several stages in the management of the flow of materials within the city and the region. A waste management plan is part of an integrated materials management strategy, in which the city makes deliberate and normative decisions about how materials should flow. The waste elements then become specific tactics to deal with specific materials after they have been consumed. Those elements include:

Prevention, Reuse, Generation, Source Separation, Recovery, Collection, Transfer, Recycling, Treatment, Disposal

Below you can find all the available resources- events, organizations, pages, weblinks- that relate to different waste system elements.


Cairo's Zebbaleen: Unrecognised Environmentalists

posted on 27 July 2010 by ihaenen
Cairo has one of the most efficient garbage recycling systems in the world, and that's due to the comunity of garbage collectors known as the Zebbaleen. The present video is a short documentary on Zebbaleen activities in action.  

Methods for Sampling and Testing Recovered Paper

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Clean Washington Center has put together a set of methods for sampling and resting recovered paper, everything from estimating water moisture to classification of fibre length.

SustainPack: All about Recycling and Waste Paper

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The link provides valuable information on paper recycling.

Waste Paper Composite Index

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Composite Index is derived from current spot market prices originating from the Inter-Continental Paper Exchange (IPE).

Plastic Resin Prices

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The plastics today website provides day-to-day information on prices of plastics of all most commonly traded resins. Prices of plastic resins can also be found on The Plastics Exchange website: Prices for Recovered Materials

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
Letsrecycle provides accurate and up-to-date information on UK prices of recovered materials, in particular plastic, paper, organics, glass, wood, textiles and metals.

Innovative Use of Plastics

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The online magazine of plastics, the mag presents all innovative uses of plastic, from industrial to artistic applications.


posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The British Plastics Federation provides an online inclusive and detailed encyclopedia for plastics. Plastic Processes, bio-based and degradable plastics, plastics standards and other information is provided on plastipedia.  

Glass Packaging Institute

posted on 15 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Glass Packaging Institute provides information on collection and recovery best practices for glass materials. More information is provided on Glass Recycling and the Environment, on Community Glass Recycling and Cullet Processors.

Scrap Specification Circular by ISRI

posted on 20 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has published "The Scrap Specifications Circular",that provides guidelines for buying and selling a variety of processed scrap commodities, including ferrous, nonferrous, paper, plastics,...