EC.716 | Fall 2015 | Undergraduate

D-Lab: Waste


[HE] = Humes, Edward. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash. Avery, 2012. ISBN: 9781583335239.

[LP] = Feng, Lydia G. H., and Paul E. Rosenfeld. Risks of Hazardous Wastes. William Andrew Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781437778427.

1 [HE] Chapter 1: Introduction.

Grant, Richard. “Drowning in Plastic: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Twice the Size of France,” The Telegraph, April 2009.


Johnson, Bea. Chapter 1 in Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste. Scribner, 2013, p. 108. ISBN: 9781451697681.

McDonough, William, and Michael Braungart. Chapter 4 in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. North Point Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780865475878.


Wilson, D. C. “Development Drivers for Waste Management.” Waste Management and Research 25, no. 3 (2007): 198–207.

Ahmed, and Ali. “Partnerships for Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries: Linking Theories to Realities.” Habitat International 28, no. 3 (2004): 467–79.

Muller, Iyer, et al. “Differing Interpretations of Community Participation in Waste Management in Bamako and Bangalore: Some Methodological Considerations.” Community Participation in Waste 14, no. 2 (2002): 241–58.

Laskow, Sarah. “Who Will Pay America’s $1.5 Billion Recycling Bill? Why Are Cities Picking Up the Tab on Corporate America’s Waste?Next City, February 2015.

GAIA. “On the Road to Zero Waste.” (2012): 1–13. (Read “Introduction” and “Pune, India: Waste Pickers Lead the Way to Zero Waste”)

[HE] Chapters 2 and 12.

Louis, Garrick E. “A Historical Context of Municipal Solid Waste Management in the United States.” Waste Management & Research 22, no. 4 (2004): 306–22.

Coopman, Piet. “Extended Producer Responsibility: Getting It Right.” Waste Management World, May 2015.

Chikarmane, Poornima, and Anjor Bhaskar. “Messing Around with Waste.” Infochange: Urban India, July 2014.

12 Arnstein, Sherry R. “A Ladder of Citizen Participation.” Journal of the American Institute of Planners 35, no. 4 (1969): 216–24. Cornwall, A. “Unpacking ‘Participation’: Models, Meanings and Practices.” Community Development Journal 43, no. 3 (2008): 269–83.

Chandrappa, R., and J. Brown. “Storage and Collection.” In Solid Waste Management: Principles and Practice. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012. ISBN: 9783642286803.

Song, R. C., X. F. Sun, et al. “Application and Prospection of Internet of Things Technology in Waste Management.” Applied Mechanics and Materials 768 (2015): 797–803.

Rogoff, Marc J., and Francois Screve. “WTE Technology.” In Waste-to-Energy: Technologies and Project Implementation. William Andrew, 2011. ISBN: 9781437778717. [Preview with Google Books]

GreenCE Education. “LCA: Intro to Life Cycle Assessment.” April 11, 2013. YouTube.

Guinee, Jeroen. Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment: Operational Guide to the ISO Standards. Springer, 2002. ISBN: 9781402005572.

Global Research Development Center. “Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment.” 2008. (Last modified)

Arena, Umberto, Maria Laura Mastellone, et al. “Life Cycle Assessment of a Plastic Packaging Recycling System.” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 8, no. 2 (2003): 92–98.

Chandler, David L. “3 Questions: Randolph Kirchain on the Spread of Electronic Waste,” MIT News, December 17, 2013.

Olivetti, Elsa, Jeremy Gregory, et al. “Life Cycle Impacts of Alkaline Batteries With a Focus on End‐Of‐Life.” (PDF - 2.8MB) Study conducted for the National Electric Manufacturers Association (2011).


[LP] Chapter 12: Current Practices in Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, pp. 155–68.

[LP] Chapter 1: Definition of Hazardous Waste, pp. 1–10.

And choose one case to briefly present about in class.

Couto, Nuno, Valter Silva, et al. “Hazardous Waste Management in Portugal.” Energy Procedia 36 (2013): 607–11.

Blumenfeld, Sigal. “Location of Hazardous Materials Plants in Israel.” Journal of Risk Research 16, no. 7 (2013): 921–35.

Duan, Huabo, Qifei Huang, et al. “Hazardous Waste Generation and Management in China: A Review.” Journal of Hazardous Materials 158, no. 2–3 (2008): 221–7.

Fasken, Kevin, and Todd Houts. “Commonly Overlooked Wastes.” Journal of Chemical Health and Safety 17, no. 6 (2010): 8–12.

Elimelech, E., O. Ayalon, et al. “Hazardous Waste Management and Weight-based Indicators—The Case of Haifa Metropolis.” Journal of Hazardous Materials 185, no. 2–3 (2011): 626–33.


Carr, Carlin. “Untouchable to Indispensable: The Dalit Women Revolutionising Waste in India,” The Guardian, July 1, 2014.

France, Anna Kaziunas. “Wealth From Waste: Protoprint’s Fair-Trade 3D Printer Filament.” Make: We are All Makers, February 2014.

Swach. “About Us.” 2013. (Last modified)


[LP] Chapter 14: Introduction to Human Exposure, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment, pp. 185–99.

Slack, R., and T. M. Letcher. “Chemicals in Waste: Household Hazardous Waste.” WASTE: A Handbook of Waste Management and Recycling (2011): 181–95.

Exercise Before Class

Take 15 minutes and take photos of different household hazardous waste streams in your house


Emgin, Bahar. “Trashion: The Return of the Disposed.” Design Issues 28, no. 1 (2012): 63–71.

Köhler, Andreas R. “Challenges for Eco-design of Emerging Technologies: The Case of Electronic Textiles.” Materials & Design 51 (2013): 51–60.


[HE] Chapter 1.

Guilford, Gwynn. “A Lot of US Plastics Isn’t Actually Recycled Since China Put Up Its Gree n Fence.” Quartz, September 2013.

American Scrap.” The New Yorker, January 2008.

Sullivan, Jack. “Trash or Treasure: Global Trade and the Accumulation of E-waste in Lagos, Nigeria.” Africa Today 61, no. 1 (2014): 89–112.

The Swedish Recycling Revolution.” The Swedish Institute. 2016.

Storey, Donovan, Santucci Lorenzo, et al. “Designing Effective Partnerships for Waste-to-Resource Initiatives: Lessons Learned from Developing Countries.” Waste Management & Research 33, no. 12 (2015): 1066–75.

Slater, Rachel, J. Frederickson, et al. “A Critical Evaluation of Partnerships in Municipal Waste Management in England.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 51, no. 3 (2007): 643–64.

Marconsin, Adauto Fernandes, and Derval dos Santos Rosa. “A Comparison of Two Models for Dealing with Urban Solid Waste: Management by Contract and Management by Public-private Partnership.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 74 (2013): 115–23.

Chikarmane, Poornima. “Integrating Waste Pickers into Municipal Solid Waste Management in Pune, India.” (PDF) Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing Policy Brief (Urban Policies) 8 (2012): 23.


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