Introduction to Solid Waste Management

  • P. Aarne Vesilind
  • Norman C. Pereira
Part of the Handbook of Environmental Engineering book series (HEE, volume 2)


Much of our knowledge of ancient civilizations, as well as more contemporary times, has been derived from the solid waste discarded by the people of those times. In ancient cities, waste was seldom a problem—it simply accumulated until the city was leveled in a war and a new community was built on top of the rubble [1]. The debris of war, as well as the discards of bygone eras and civilizations, provide a rich history of lifestyle and cultural development [2]. For example, archaeologists are currently digging in the town dump of Williamsburg, Virginia, in order to obtain a more complete picture of life in colonial times.


Solid Waste Municipal Solid Waste Hazardous Waste Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Disposal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Aarne Vesilind
    • 1
  • Norman C. Pereira
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Monsanto CompanySt. LouisUSA

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