Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Waste Collection and Transport

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_124-3


Collection vehicle

Vehicle designed to collect waste.


Obtaining materials from the curbside or drop-off centers and bringing that material to an unloading point.

Curbside collection

Collecting materials from each household, at the front curb or back alley.

Drop-off center

A centrally located facility, with large containers for each type of material, from which material is collected.


The act of creating a waste.

Material recovery facility

Special type of transfer station, where recyclables are processed before transport.

Participation rate

The fraction of households that regularly present materials properly.


Placing waste materials in the proper location for collection by the municipal waste collection program.


Changing the properties of a waste material, e.g., compacting cans.

Residual waste

Materials remaining as waste after reuse, recycling, or processing.


Placing different waste materials in different containers.



Collection Vehicles Curbside Collection Home Composting Residual Waste Material Recovery Facilities 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • A. C. (Thanos) Bourtsalas
    • 1
  • Nickolas J. Themelis
    • 2
  1. 1.Earth Engineering Center, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Earth and Environmental EngineeringColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA