Environmental managers, engineers, and scientists who have had experience with
industrial and hazardous waste management problems have noted the need for a
handbook that is comprehensive in its scope, directly applicable to daily waste
management problems of specific industries, and widely acceptable by practicing
environmental professionals and educators.
Many standard industrial waste treatment and hazardous waste management texts
adequately cover a few major industries, for conventional in-plant pollution control
strategies, but no one book, or series of books, focuses on new developments in
innovative and alternative environmental technology, design criteria, effluent standards,
managerial decision methodology, and regional and global environmental conservation.
This handbook emphasizes in-depth presentation of environmental pollution sources,
waste characteristics, control technologies, management strategies, facility innovations,
process alternatives, costs, case histories, effluent standards, and future trends for each
industrial or commercial operation, such as the metal plating and finishing industry or the
photographic processing industry, and in-depth presentation of methodologies,
technologies, alternatives, regional effects, and global effects of each important industrial
pollution control practice that may be applied to all industries, such as industrial ecology,
pollution prevention, in-plant hazardous waste management, site remediation,
groundwater decontamination, and stormwater management.
In a deliberate effort to complement other industrial waste treatment and hazardous
waste management texts, this handbook covers new subjects as much as possible.
Many topics, such as industrial ecology, pollution prevention, in-plant hazardous
waste management, stormwater management, photographic processing wastes, soap and
detergent wastes, livestock wastes, rubber processing wastes, timber industry wastes,
power plant wastes, and metal finishing wastes, are presented in detail for the first time in
any industrial waste treatment book. Special efforts were made to invite experts to
contribute chapters in their own areas of expertise. Since the field of industrial hazardous
waste treatment is very broad, no one can claim to be an expert in all industries;
collective contributions are better than a single author’s presentation for a handbook of