Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Living Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Solid Waste Public Involvement and Education

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_125-3


Environmental education

Process in which individuals gain awareness of their environment and acquire knowledge, skills, values, and experiences to solve present and future environmental problems, including solid waste minimization.

Municipal solid waste

A waste type that includes predominantly household and commercial wastes collected by a municipality within a given area. They are in either solid or semisolid form and generally exclude industrial hazardous wastes.

Public involvement

The full range of activities utilized by an organization to engage the public in the decision-making process.


The act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products.

Source reduction

Refers to any change in the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of materials or products (including packaging) to reduce their amount or toxicity before they become municipal solid waste.

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering DepartmentUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA

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