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  • Recycling of Waste derived calcium hydroxide through high temperature solid-state reaction with quartz powders   Order a copy of this article
    by Eguakhide Oaikhinan, Chijioke Nwobodo 
    Abstract: Mixtures of the waste derived calcium hydroxide and quartz powders have been used to demonstrate the possibility of synthesizing varieties of calcium silicates from high temperature solid-state reaction as a means of recycling the waste material. Density measurements were used to monitor the reactions.
    Keywords: Recycling; Waste derived calcium hydroxide; quartz; calcium silicates.

  • Current practice and policy for transforming E-waste into urban mining: Case study in Taiwan   Order a copy of this article
    by Wen-Tien Tsai 
    Abstract: In Taiwan, the recycling of municipal solid waste (MSW) started in the late 1990s in response to the increasingly serious municipal solid waste (MSW) management problem. In this regard, the amount of E-waste, mainly generated from the information technology (IT) products, home electrical appliances and lightings, is increasing most rapidly because Taiwan is one of the most important suppliers for electrical and electronic products in the world. As a consequence, Taiwan had the third-highest per capita E-waste generation in Asia. The objective of this overview paper was to study the regulatory promotion of E-waste recycling under the 4-in-1 Program and also update its current status during the period of 2001-2015. Furthermore, this paper also presented a successful case of the waste fluorescent tube processing, which gave a demonstration through its innovative design technology for mercury recovery. Although the annual quantity of E-waste recycling through the implementing agencies seemed to significantly increase from 7,321 tons in 2001 to 74,421 tons in 2015, the recycling market in Taiwan indicated a mature trend in recent years due to the aging population and slow economic growth. To make further progress in urban mining, some prospects were addressed to create the economic value and increase the resource recycling rate of E-waste through green procurement and innovative technologies in Taiwan.
    Keywords: E-waste; Electric and electronic equipment; Recycling; Material resources; Regulatory promotion; Mercury recovery.

  • Study on Regeneration of Spent Hydrochloric Acid in Chemical Coal Leaching Process   Order a copy of this article
    by SANTOSH KUMAR SRIRAMOJU, Pratik Swarup Dash 
    Abstract: Low ash clean coal is suggested for its use in metallurgical and thermal power plants. Since the ash containing minerals in coal are finely distributed inside the organic matter; chemical leaching process has better advantage over the conventional physical cleaning techniques. Coal leaching process is a two stage process where alkali and acid leaching cycles are used for separation of different ash constituents. Techno-economic feasibility of the process depends on the regeneration of spent chemicals and also the disposal of these chemicals is of great concern due to the environmental regulations. After leaching process, most of the ash constituents are present in the spent acid and hence purification spent acid containing of silica, alumina, iron, calcium and magnesium as impurities is of great importance. For separation of the impurities, four different methods namely adsorption process using activated carbon, ion exchange method with strongly anion exchange resin, pyrohydrolysis method and neutralization method are studied. Results with adsorption and ion exchange techniques are poor and a maximum of 50% separation is being observed. Results indicate that, pyrohydrolysis shows better performance with highly pure (> 99% pure) hydrochloric acid as product but the cost is highly energy intensive. Stage-wise neutralization followed by acidification is novel technique, and is promising for purification of dilute acid. Stage wise neutralization process produces 86.7% pure Magnesium oxide product and 93.86% pure calcium salt by acidification. It was also found that, the silica can be separated from the spent acid by digestion technique.
    Keywords: Adsorption; Coal; Leaching; Neutralization; Pyrohydrolysis.

  • Valorization of a wastewater in the treatment of leachate from municipal solid waste in morocco   Order a copy of this article
    by Meriem Abouri, Abdelhakim Elmaguiri, Salah Souabi, M.Abdelaaziz Aboulhassan 
    Abstract: In most countries, sanitary landfilling is the common way to dispose municipal solid wastes. In general, leachate treatment is a difficult and expensive process. Although; leachate can be treated by biological processes, chemical oxygen demand removal efficiency is usually low due to high ammonium ion content and the presence of toxic compounds such as metal ions. This experimental study was conducted to investigate the effect of coagulationflocculation process on the fresh leachate resulting from compacting of solid waste of Mohammedia city. The effects of SIWW (Steel Industry Wastewater) rich in Fe3+ and commercial coagulant ferric chloride of 40 % with various dosages and also coagulation pH on the removal of turbidity, color, chemical oxygen demand (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD5) and total suspended solids were studied. Based on the results of this study, the best coagulant for color and turbidity removal was SIWW. An equivalent of 7080 mg.L-1 of FeCl3 was needed to effectively remove 63% of turbidity. This liquid waste can remove 44.5% of COD at the concentration equal to 1000 mg.L-1 of FeCl3. The physico-chemical process may be used as an effective pretreatment process, especially for fresh leachate, prior to post-treatment (polishing) for partially stabilized leachate.
    Keywords: Coagulation flocculation treatment; Fresh leachate; Municipal Solid Waste; Steel Industry Wastewater.

    Abstract: The treatment of domestic wastewater by sand filters is a very interesting alternative technique to collective sewerage in rural areas. In order to assess the accuracy of this technique in Algeria, a feasibility study based on a statistical survey and an experimental study is carried out. The aim of the statistical survey is to determine the potential for the application of this technique by evaluating the rate of connection to collective sewerage networks and the existence of a sewage treatment system in rural area. The results of this study show economical and technical interest of the use of sand filter. The implementation of filters in this area contributes to the protection of groundwater and public health. The purpose of the experimental study is to assess the suitability of the local sands for this type of process. In this paper the treatment performance over time of two different sands (medium and coarse) are evaluated. The chemical analyses of wastewater and filtered water showed a removal ranges between 57 and 74% for medium sand and between 7 and 49% for coarse sand. During the test period the results obtained indicate a better performance of medium sand comparing to the coarse sand. The use of reeds for coarse sand has improved the treatment performance (reached 74%). This result shows the beneficial effect of the use of reeds to purification of wastewater by coarse sand which showed without reeds a limiting performance. The MVS carried out for medium sand show biological activity in filter necessary for wastewater treatment without showing early clogging.
    Keywords: Sand filters; domestic wastewater; rural areas; statistics survey; treatment performance.

  • A study on the potential uses of Bottom and Fly ash in Mauritius   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammad Emamdee, Sindra Lutchmee Summoogum Utchanah 
    Abstract: Faced with demographic explosion and fuelled by its endeavours to become developed, Mauritius has seen a hike in its electricity consumption pattern. The bulk of electricity is generated by burning solid fuels which are namely coal and sugarcane bagasse. Consequently, ash is produced as waste product. Till date, both coal and bagasse ashes are being disposed of in a very unsustainable manner. Due to the availability of numerous studies on coal ash, focus has been laid on bagasse ash. This study analyses the possible ways of valorising bagasse bottom ash (BBA) and bagasse fly ash (BFA) better suited for the Mauritian context. A series of laboratory tests namely moisture content (MC), pH, electrical conductivity (EC), loss on ignition (LOI) and monitoring of the leaching behaviour of phosphate and nitrate were carried out. To monitor the leaching behaviour of nitrate and phosphate, a leaching model has been developed. Following the experimental analysis, several potential utilisation are put forward.
    Keywords: Bagasse bottom ash; bagasse fly ash; moisture content; loss of ignition; leaching.

  • Modelling Efficiency of Industrial Waste Utilized for Microsurfacing Using Artificial Neural Networks   Order a copy of this article
    by Rajesh Gujar, Gautam Dadhich 
    Abstract: Disposal of industrial waste materials causes environmental and health problems. Over recent decades, intensive research studies have been carried out to explore all possible reuse methods. Copper slag, rice husk, and fly ash are the significant industrial waste in India and these are materials have great potential to be utilized in road construction and maintenance work due to their pozzolanic nature. Microsurfacing is a road maintenance technique that involves laying a mixture of dense-graded aggregate, asphalt emulsion, water, a polymer additive and mineral fillers to correct or prevent specific deficiencies such as potholes and cracks. In the present research work, an attempt has been made to utilize and assess the efficiency of industrial waste materials such as copper slag, rice husk and fly ash as an alternative of traditional mineral filler (cement) micro surfacing mix. Some laboratory tests assess the efficiency of these waste materials. This involves the preparation of trial mixes with variations in the content of asphalt emulsion, water, mineral filler, and additives as desired to determine the effects of changes on quality of mixing, breaking, and setting characteristics to ensure proper control of the system in the field. These quality characteristics are derived at various proportions of these waste materials form series of laboratory investigation. The determination of optimum proportion mineral filler and additive requires rigorous laboratory testing, which is time-consuming and laborious. There was a need develop a model to determine the optimum proportion of waste materials which ensure the quality of designed micro surfacing mix. Artificial Neural Network (ANN) has been used to create a model for prediction of the optimum proportion of mineral filler and additive due to non-linearity of data. ANN has remarkable ability to derive meaning from complicated data and modeling of extremely complex functions. ANNs are particularly useful in prediction where highly nonlinear approaches are required to model the available data. In present study since there are five inputs (dimensions) and two outputs having nonlinear relationship ANN modeling suits to be best for output prediction. The Bayesian regularization algorithm was used to train the network. It helps to reduce the probability of over-fitting. The micro surfacing characteristics are a function of 5 input performance parameters namely mixing time, cohesion (30 min), cohesion (60 min), setting time and wet track abrasion test. The two output parameters are filler proportion and control additive balance. A total of 56 micro-surfacing mix samples were tested in the laboratory for each filler namely copper slag, rice husk and fly. The model tool developed shall ease in determining the mix design parameters, i.e. filler content and additive percentage to achieve the desired effect.
    Keywords: ANN; Waste management; Fly ash; Copper slag; Fly ash; Pavement; microsurfacing.

  • Characterisation and calorific potential of waste generated in Mexico City for energy production   Order a copy of this article
    by Pablo Emilio Escamilla-Garcia, Maria Elena Tavera-Cortes, Francisco Perez-Soto 
    Abstract: This paper highlights the characterization of waste in a major disposal site in Mexico City. The research involves the application of a methodology comprising activities such as delimitation of area for selection according to borough of origin, sorting of materials, weighing of samples, lab tests and determination of calorific potential. The results obtained enabled the determination of physicochemical characteristics of the sub-products. It must be noted that although the quartering method applied is described in national guidelines including: NMX-AA-015-1985, NMX-AA-019-1985, NMX-AA-22-1985 and NMX standards AA-61-1985; accurate data related to specific composition of waste in landfill sites in Mexico City and its calorific potential is unknown. It was determined that only 19.43% of all samples included organic waste and the rest was split into 25 different materials. High-density polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride were identified as the main plastic components within a classification of 19 materials, with 31.30% and 13.91% respectively. Finally the samples of waste per Borough resulted in an average calorific value of 3,192.27 (kcal/kg). Therefore, this research provides a first approach to reliable data about the real status of the municipal solid waste in Mexico City not only by characterizing the waste and obtaining the calorific potential, but also by comparing this values with information from other Cities worldwide in order to determine the potential to produce energy from waste.
    Keywords: Waste characterisation; Landfill sites; Calorific value; Plastic waste.

  • Willingness to pay for sachet water plastic waste management through deposit-refund system   Order a copy of this article
    by Matthew Biniyam Kursah, Anthony Baabereyir 
    Abstract: Deposit refund system (DRS) combines a tax on product consumption with a refund when the product or its packaging is returned for recycling or for appropriate disposal. The policy is gaining more consideration as it has become difficult to impose a direct tax on disposal, since people may avoid the tax through midnight dumping. However, the willingness to pay (WTP) for DRS has not been explored in Ghana. This study was therefore conducted in order to ascertain whether residents in Accra, Tema and the surrounding communities are willing to pay for plastic waste management using the DRS, how much they are willing to pay as well as their concerns on the implementation of this policy instrument. It also correlated the willingness to pay amount (WTPA) against socio-economic variables such as income, educational level age and neighbourhood type of the residents. Through accidental sampling technique, respondents were randomly approached to participate in the questionnaire administration, and the result coded and analysed in SPSS. The result showed a high level of WTP (64.8%) among participants. The minimum WTPA is 1GHp and the maximum amount is 20GHp, the same amount it costs to purchase the product. The mean WTPA per a sachet is approximately 8GHp (7.75GHp), that is, 40% of the current unit cost of the product (sachet water). The result also showed that lower income earners were willing to pay a higher amount as deposit-refund than the high-income earners. The educational level, age and neighbourhood type correlated positively, while income had an inverse relationship with the WTPA. However, all these socioeconomic variables, with the exception of age, were not statistically significant correlators of WTPA. Also, more than half (51.1%) of the participants thought that DRS was a good policy instrument and did not raise any negative concern about its implementation. However, some concerns such as the nature of the implementation, effectiveness, locational, awareness, incentive and health issues were raised. It is, therefore, recommended that policymakers consider introducing the DRS but in the process address the concerns raised by the study participants.
    Keywords: Deposit-refund system; disposal fee; midnight dumping; waste disposal; waste management; willingness to pay.

  • Competitive Removal of Lead Copper and Cadmium Ions by Sorptive Flotation using Marble Wastes   Order a copy of this article
    by Abeer Alwared 
    Abstract: Marble waste is a by-product worldwide available in large amounts. In this study, the potential of marble waste for the removal of lead, copper and cadmium ions from aqueous solution using sorptive flotation was investigated. The results indicated that maximum adsorption capacity was 24.695, 19.4675 and 7.91 mg/g dry marble within 90 minutes contact time at pH 5-6 and the maximum removal efficiency obtained by sorptive flotation at relatively short time in single system was about 99.95%, 84.58% and 78.697% for Pb+2, Cu+2and Cd+2 ions ,respectively., also results show that the removal efficiency decreased in binary and ternary system compared with single component system. The sequence for metal ions removal in single, binary and ternary systems was Pb > Cu > Cd. Chemical analysis of marble wastes indicated that it consists mainly of calcite (CaCO3) and to some extent of quartz (SiO2) which were responsible for sorption of metal ions. In addition, the experimental data indicated that the sorption of these metal ions fitted well the Langmuir isotherm for single system and extended Langmuir for binary and ternary system. Kinetic studies showed that a pseudo second order model was more suitable than the pseudo first order model.
    Keywords: Heavy metals; Marble waste; Adsorptive flotation.

  • Enablers of Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management System in India   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd. Nishat Faisal, Faisal Talib, Mohammed Khurrum Bhutta 
    Abstract: The present study moves beyond the traditional focus of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) of collection and disposal to sustainable MSWM that takes a systems view and addresses issues related to waste prevention, waste reduction, and waste segregation. The empirical study was conducted in large cities in North India that have a very high rate of solid waste generation. The study was conducted in two stages in the first stage, an empirical study with two major stakeholders, the elected and government officials was conducted. In the second stage, interpretive structural modeling (ISM) was applied to evolve a hierarchy-based relationship among the enablers of sustainable MSWM. According to the results of empirical study, there are disagreements on several issues considered as strategic to implement a sustainable municipal solid waste management. Thus, there is a need to bring all the stakeholders agree on common policy issues of sustainable MSWM. Further, the ISM model shows that there exists a group of variables having a high driving power and low dependence requiring maximum attention and are of strategic importance.
    Keywords: Sustainability; Municipal Solid Waste Management; India; Interpretive Structural Modeling.

  • Use of zeolite and biogenic silica rich rocks as olive oil mill waste absorbents   Order a copy of this article
    by Michael Stamatakis, George Stamatakis, Stefania Stamataki 
    Abstract: Microporous materials have been tested as absorbent of olive oil mill waste (OOMW) from a 3-phase mill. The aim of the present study is to characterize and test the OOMW absorption capacity of fine-grained rocks. The materials tested were zeolite-rich tuff, clay- and zeolite-rich tuff, opal-A-rich clayey rock and opal-CT- and zeolite-rich clays. The samples were characterized and physico-chemically analysed. The samples exhibit significant differences of their physicochemical properties. Correlations indicated that the OOMW absorption capacity depended mainly on the cumulative volume of pores. Very small pores did not affect considerably the OOMW uptake in contrast to the bigger pores. The opal-CT- and zeolite-rich clayey rock was the most efficient absorbent. It is concluded that the synergistic action of three structurally diverse, randomly ordered microporous components which rarely coexist in rocks naturally, results in high cumulative volume of pores and an increased absorption capacity.
    Keywords: olive oil mill waste; absorbents; zeolites; biogenic silica; diatomite; opal; montmorillonite.

  • Investigating Composting Progress of Kitchen Wastes Using Rate of Change and Cross-correlation Approaches   Order a copy of this article
    by Reza Ebrahimzadeh, Ahmad Ghazanfari Moghaddam, Hamid Mortezapour 
    Abstract: Due to the compact structure and high moisture of kitchen wastes, proper composting of these wastes requires addition of some bulking agent. In this study, mixtures of kitchen and pruning of elm trees were composted in a 30-day period. Randomized complete design consisting of three treatments of natural, low and high aeration rates was used as the experimental design. The process was monitored by measuring temperature, emitted ammonia and carbon monoxide every two hours, and the pH and volatile organic matter, every two days. Two-day average data were plotted versus time and analyzed to justify the reasons and the exact occurrence day of the changes. The results indicated with increase in the aeration rate the temperatures of the treatments increased. The pH values of the treatments decreased initially to a minimum of 5.0 and then it increased continuously. The emitted ammonia and CO initially rose but then continually decreased. For further assessing the details of these changes, the rates of change of each factor were calculated and plotted versus time. The rate of change graphs showed two distinct phases of 1) active and 2) constant rate for all measured factors. A correlation analysis approach was used to investigate the inter-relationship between the changes in the five considered factors. This analysis indicated that reduction in volatile organic matter and emitted CO and ammonia were highly negatively correlated with the pH (r ̅ =-0.72) but their correlations with temperature were low.
    Keywords: Kitchen waste. Bulking agent. Aeration rate. Ammonia emission. Rate of change. Correlation matrix.

  • Heavy metals bio-accumulation and transfer in lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) irrigated with industrial wastewater   Order a copy of this article
    by Ghasem Rahimi, Zahra Kolahchi, Sajad Bayat 
    Abstract: Bio-accumulation of heavy metals in crops irrigated with wastewater is threatening the food chain. However, few investigations have dealt with managing risks of industrial waste water application for a medicinal plant. The main purpose of the study was to assess some heavy metals bioaccumulation in lemon balm and assess the risks involved. Pot experiments were conducted on lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) irrigated with industrial wastewater. The analysis showed concentrations of heavy metals in soil and organs of the plant. The concentrations of Ni, Pb, Cd and Zn in the soil for all treatments were higher than root and aerial parts of the plant. At the highest application of the wastewater, concentrations of Ni, Pb, Cd and Zn (mg kg -1) in soil were significantly higher than others. In all treatments, Ni, Pb and Zn decreased by soil >> root > stem > leaf > seed. Bioaccumulation factor for Ni, Pb, Cd and Zn were less than transfer factors from root to stem, stem to leaf and stem to seed of the plant, stressing on the high concentration of the metals in the soil compared to organs of the plant. The absence of Cd in the plant leaves indicated that lemon balm was a suitable crop for contaminated soils, especially with Cd, because heavy metals contamination in aerial plant organs was less than the soil and root. The studied wastewater should not comprise more than 25 % of water used for agricultural purposes.
    Keywords: Bio-Accumulation; Environment; Heavy Metal; Industrial Wastewater; Lemon Balm; Pollution; Pot Experiment; Risk Management; Transfer Factor; Uptake.

  • Increasing Business Value: Combined Heat & Power Systems, the way of future or the way now? Take the initiative and develop a sustainable strategic approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Mario Cora, Yung-Tse Hung 
    Abstract: This article provides an overview of combined heat and power (CHP) systems as a sustainable approach for energy production, its benefits to users (i.e., industries and commercial buildings), and its successful implementation in business organizations. Sound environmental management and compliance can (and should) be linked to financial value, and therefore, point to the planning, implementation, and operation of environmentally sustainable energy production systems to meet the strategic goals of any organization. Increased regulatory pressures and energy costs require better planning and a different strategy to help shape the financial bottom line in any organization. CHP systems have proven to be a suitable technology to better achieve the strategic goals of environmental sustainability. The wise operation of these systems lead to environmental sustainability due to the increase in energy use efficiencies and the emission reduction of criteria pollutants (i.e., CO, NO2, SO2, PM), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and greenhouse gases (i.e., CO2) to the atmosphere. These benefits are directly linked to a different approach in the life cycle of energy generation projects, which considers not only the design of system configurations that lead to increase thermal heat recovery efficiencies/net reduction in fuel efficiency, but also the potential uses of the produced energy. These systems provide a win-win situation (net benefit) to its users (financial), the environment (planet), and the general public (society).
    Keywords: combined heat & power; internal combustion engine; gas turbines; cogeneration; power generation; energy efficiency; air pollution; value creation; and sustainability.

  • Walnut shells; Food processing waste from western Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh as an excellent source for production of activated carbon with highly acidic surface   Order a copy of this article
    by RIPU DAMAN KUMAR, Krishna Kadirvelu, G.K. Kannan 
    Abstract: Activated carbon one of the best adsorbent for various organic and inorganic pollutants can be made from various raw materials and by different methods of processing. The properties of the activated carbon made by the above techniques could be further modified and enhanced by various physical and chemical methods. The activated carbon was produced at different temperature i.e. 3000C, 3500C, 4000C and 5000C respectively. The properties of the activated carbon were further modified and enhanced by treating it with H2SO4, H3PO4 and ZnCl2. As the final temperature of carbonization increases, ash content, sorption activity and carbonizate yield of walnut are found to diverge slightly. Development of porous structure as a consequence of chemical activation is clearly visible from the SEM micrographs of these carbons. Out of three different chemical activation i.e. Sulphuric acid activated walnut shell carbon (SAAWSC), Zinc chloride activated walnut shell carbon (ZCAWSC) and Phosphoric acid activated walnut shell carbon (PAAWSC), the sulphuric acid activated carbon has been found with highest surface area of 745 m2/g. The surface of these activated carbons is highly acidic with a maximum phenolic groups 5.72 meq/g in case of Phosphoric acid activation. The pHzpc ranges between 4-4.5 for these activated carbons from waste walnut shells.
    Keywords: : Activated carbon; Walnut shells; Surface area; porosity; chemical activation; Acidic groups.

  • Municipal solid waste disposal in Brazil: improvements and challenges   Order a copy of this article
    by Victor Nascimento, Anahi Sobral, Manfred Fehr, Nazli Yesiller, Pedro Ribeiro Andrade, Jean Pierre Henry Balbaud Ometto 
    Abstract: The proper disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) is a global challenge, mainly in developing countries. The objective of this paper is to review recent improvements and remaining challenges of municipal solid waste disposal (MSWD) in Brazil focusing on the environmental impacts caused by inappropriate disposal of MSW. Before the implementation of the Brazilian Solid Waste Policy (BSWP), in 2008, 72.3% of all municipalities in Brazil disposed of their MSW in open dumps and uncontrolled landfills. In 2015, after the deadline given by the BSWP to close all open dumps and uncontrolled landfills had expired, 60% of all Brazilian municipalities still dispose their MSW improperly. Therefore, while progress occurred in the management practices for MSWD in Brazil, the improvements have not occurred as fast as expected by the BSWP and several shortcomings remain, which cause significant environmental impacts.
    Keywords: municipal solid waste generation; municipal solid waste management; landfill; open dumps; environmental impact; Brazil.

  • Study of Characteristics of Leachate and its Influence on Groundwater Quality near Improper Landfill Site in Jammu City, India   Order a copy of this article
    by Yawar Mushtaq Raina, Pervez Alam, Mohd Iqbal Raina 
    Abstract: Increase in groundwater contamination day by day have demonstrated the need for analysis on leach-ate and groundwater samples due to disposal of solid waste near an improper landfill site at Jammu city. Leach-ate samples were analyzed for all the physicochemical parameters whereas pH, electrical conductivity, total dis-solved solids (TDS), BOD, COD, alkalinity, hardness, chloride, sulphate, nitrate, iron and Coliform organisms were studied for groundwater samples at different locations near the landfill site using the methods recom-mended by APHA-AWWA-WPCF. Presence of heavy metals in leachate samples revealed that almost every type of waste is dumped at this landfill site. The most affected sampling location as a result of mixing of leach-ate with groundwater was the one which was nearest to the landfill site and least affected was the farthest among all. As the distance from the landfill site was increasing, contamination level of groundwater was de-creasing. Ground water locations especially to the north and east of landfill site were having parameters like pH, TDS, Alkalinity, Hardness, Chloride, Sulphate and Iron on higher side then the desirable limit of BIS and hence water was found to be unfit for drinking and other domestic purposes.
    Keywords: leachate; landfill; solid waste; groundwater; Jammu; environment; pollution; population; physico-chemical parameters; sampling.

  • Leachate characterisation and evaluation of leachate pollution potential of urban municipal landfill sites   Order a copy of this article
    by Sachin Mishra, Dhanesh Tiwary, Anurag Ohri 
    Abstract: Toxic materials from unorganised dumping site leached out in the form of leachate and pollute the groundwater that results in significant impacts on the human health and environment. Management of this highly toxic leachate is essential for assessing the impact of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills to ensure least environmental impact. The aim of this study is to assess the leachate characteristics and pollution potential index (LPI) of two major MSW landfills of Varanasi, city namely Karsara and Ramna. Leachate samples were collected from Karsara and Ramna landfill sites and analysed for 27 leachate quality parameters. The concentration of contaminants present in leachate at Karsara landfill site is comparatively greater than that of Ramna landfill site which indicates that Karsara landfill site is more polluted than Ramna landfill site. Twelve most significant parameters like pH, TDS, BOD5, COD, arsenic, chloride, chromium, copper, iron lead, nickel, and zinc are considered to estimate the leachate pollution potential. Karsara landfill site was found the highest LPI value (16.81) as compared to Ramna landfill site (12.40). LPI value indicates that the leachate generated from both the landfill site is hazardous. Hence active post-closure monitoring is necessary till the leachate production is stabilised.
    Keywords: municipal solid waste; MSW; landfill; leachate pollution index; LPI; post-closer; leachate.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014602
  • Waste generation modelling using panel regression analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Marilou L. Andaya-Basilio, Eugene B. Caldona 
    Abstract: Waste management in Baguio City has drawn a lot of attention due to significant events that challenged its implementation and effectiveness. The city is moving towards the implementation of its proposed integrated solid waste management system. This research provides a springboard to the government's capacity planning and selection of appropriate combination of waste management technologies through more accurate estimates of solid waste generation. Models were developed using data on waste generation and selected predictor variables. The current model used for planning purposes deviates a lot from the actual waste generated as evident in the evaluation indicators. Initially, the alternative solid waste generation models were formulated using selected demographic and economic indicators, but only population (growth) was identified to be significantly contributing to the increase in solid waste generation. It is then imperative to use the regression model to predict waste generation (Y) using population (X) as the only variable given by the equation Y = 1601.825 + 0.035X.
    Keywords: solid waste; generation model; panel regression; mathematical model; waste management; linear regression; waste modelling.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014604
  • Municipal solid waste management in India: status, problems and challenges   Order a copy of this article
    by M. Balasubramanian 
    Abstract: An increasing urbanisation, population growth, and economic expansion are generating a mounting quantity of solid waste in many developing countries. Solid waste management is one of the critical problems in India. Currently, more than 100 million tonnes of solid waste have generated from various sectors in India. Per capita waste generation from 0.2 kg to 0.6 kg from varies depends on household and economic size of the Indian population. This paper has provided detail analysis of the status of solid waste generation, management, challenges and solution for solid waste management sector in India. Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change has revised solid waste management rules 2016. The new rule has been implemented in all municipalities and other local bodies. The policy implication of the study is better solid waste management services in local, regional and national level in India.
    Keywords: municipal solid waste; management; recycling; India.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014607
  • Heuristic approaches for waste containers location problem and waste collection routes optimisation in an urban area   Order a copy of this article
    by Othmane El Yaakoubi, Meryam Benabdouallah, Chakib Bojji 
    Abstract: A generalisation of the traditional waste collection vehicle routing problem with time windows (WCVRPTW) is studied in this paper. In case of the number of waste containers is limited, some collection sites requires to be visited for multiple times per day instead of one. Therefore a waste containers management study is required to economise the collection cost. We propose an approach that combines the two problems: containers location (WCLP) and the vehicle routes optimisation. Two algorithms to solve this problem are used. The first is memetic algorithm (MA) to solve the WCLP in order to get the best containers distribution. The second is an iterated local search (ILS) algorithm to solve WCVRPTW with homogenous vehicles and taking into consideration WCLP as constraint. These algorithms are evaluated on classical vehicle routing problem (VRP) instances. The experiment results prove the impact of this combining on collection routes cost in the cited case.
    Keywords: WCVRPTW; waste containers management; WCLP; memetic algorithm; iterated local search; ILS; vehicle routing problem; VRP.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014610
  • Modelling and analysis of critical factors for phorbol ester degradation in Jatropha seed cake using ISM and MICMAC   Order a copy of this article
    by Shilpi Ahluwalia, Pushpendra Singh, Jaigopal Sharma 
    Abstract: Jatropha seeds have been used extensively nowadays for the production of biodiesel which leaves behind large amounts of seed cake as a by-product. This by-product has a good nutritional value as it is rich in lignocellulosic compounds, water, minerals and proteins but at the same time contains toxic compounds like phorbol esters (PE) which makes it unfit to be used as feed supplement. It becomes imperative to detoxify and utilise this by-product (seed cake) for animal consumption and thereby helping in decreasing the cost of biodiesel industry. Eleven major factors were identified in detoxification of Jatropha seed cake and analysed for their inter-relationship using interpretive structural modelling (ISM). Temperature (level IV) is found to be the most crucial factor affecting all other factors for successful implementation of the detoxification process. PE, pH, RPM, esterase and inoculum (level III) were identified as next crucial set of factors followed by tannins (level II). Matriced impacts croises-multiplication applique' and classment (MICMAC) analysis was used to recognise the factor dependency in detoxification. Out of eleven factors, nine factors have been identified as linkage variables; one each as the driver and dependence variable. No autonomous variable was identified.
    Keywords: detoxification; factor analysis; structural self-interaction matrix; SSIM; interpretive structural modelling; ISM.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014611

Special Issue on: Sustainable Computing for Waste Management and Systems

  • Air quality index forecasting using artificial neural networks - a case study on Delhi   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Sankar Ganesh, P. Arulmozhivarman, V.S.N. Rao Tatavarti 
    Abstract: Air is the most vital constituent for the sustenance of life on earth. Air pollution is the major problem we have been facing. It is important to address this issue to lead a healthy life. Forecasting of air quality will contribute to a healthy society. In this paper, artificial neural network (ANN) predictors trained with conjugate gradient descent have been implemented to forecast air quality index (AQI) in a particular area of interest. Several neural network models such as multilayer perceptron (MLP), Elman, radial basis function and NARX were applied. In these neural network models, four major pollutant concentrations including NO2, CO, O3 and PM10 for the year 2014 to 2016 in Delhi (India) were used to train each predictor. It can be concluded that, among all these models, radial basis function exhibited more accuracy in terms of measures of quality with mean absolute error (MAE) = 7.33, mean absolute percent error (MAPE) = 4.05%, correlation coefficient (R) = 0.993, root mean square error (RMSE) = 9.69 and index of agreement (IA) = 0.99.
    Keywords: air quality index; AQI; artificial neural networks; ANN; conjugate gradient descent; forecasting; radial basis function; RBF.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014709
  • Evaluation of the potential application of the precepts of solid waste reverse logistics to the civil construction sector in Curitiba, Paraná   Order a copy of this article
    by Annelise Nairne Schamne, André Nagalli 
    Abstract: Despite the significant representativeness of the civil construction sector in the economy, construction and demolition waste (CDW) management is still a challenge in most Brazilian municipalities. In this context, the main objective of this work is to evaluate the potential application of reverse logistics (RL) principles in CDW management in the civil construction sector in the Brazilian city of Curitiba and to propose a conceptual model to help in the CDW management. In the first stage of the research, civil construction sector professionals pondered relevant criteria to make up the RL system by application of the Delphi method questionnaire and by analytic hierarchy process (AHP). In the second stage, a conceptual model was developed, highlighting the potential of applying RL precepts among agents in the civil construction sector production chain in Curitiba. The model proposed assists in understanding the flow of materials in the RL system and each service provider's responsibilities in carrying out construction related activities, including CDW management, in addition to compliance with legislation and minimisation of environmental impacts.
    Keywords: construction and demolition waste; CDW; reverse logistics system; analytic hierarchy process; AHP.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014701
  • Evaluation of biodiesel potential of sewage sludge   Order a copy of this article
    by Joshua Funminiyi Obisanya, John Adekunle Oyedele Oyekunle, Aderemi Okunola Ogunfowokan, Olalekan Siyanbola Fatoki 
    Abstract: The energy storing potential of sewage sludge of a waste water treatment facility called Sewage Treatment Oxidation Pond (STOP) was explored in this study with a view to assessing its potential in biodiesel development. Lipids of dried sewage sludge were leached out using a soxhlet extraction technique and the extracted lipids were converted into biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters) via acid catalysis transesterification. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis was employed for the identification and quantification of resulting FAME while Biodiesel Analyzer© Version 1.1 was used to predict the properties of the biodiesel. High lipid yield of 77.26% was obtained from this study and almost all the biodiesel properties considered conformed to global specifications. It was concluded that the sewage sludge could serve as an alternative and a cheap feedstock for biodiesel development.
    Keywords: waste water; energy; oxidation pond; sewage sludge; lipids; biodiesel feedstock.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014733
  • Small-scale steam turbine and electric generation from municipal solid waste   Order a copy of this article
    by Luis Felipe Barrera Payan, Daniel Cauich Lopez 
    Abstract: This is a comprehensive study of electric generation through municipal solid waste on Providencia Island, Colombia. It focuses on the benefits that waste-to-energy facilities bring to small communities and even large ones. The importance of the refuse classification and its separation in obtaining the suitable power is considered in the paper. Afterwards the data, such as pressure, mass flow rate and temperature outlet, is used to design and set the basic parameters in the steam turbine, which leads in the election of the best electric generation for this sort of application. The results of this study will show some brief quantification benefits of this way of electric generation in small and probably large populations based on electric demand covered, CO2 emissions, landfilling and money savings with the use of fewer diesels for electric generation. The study comes to the conclusion that the electric generation through municipal solid waste can cover from 7 up to 15% of the electric demand of the population, which gives valuable information on the way that we generate electricity nowadays.
    Keywords: municipal solid waste; waste to energy; power plant; electric generation; steam turbine; mechanical power; electrical power; efficiency; nozzle angle; mass flow rate; mechanical forces; velocity triangle; San Andres; providencia; Colombia.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014732
  • Novel chitosan blended polymers for the removal of rose bengal dye: adsorption isotherms, kinetics and mechanism   Order a copy of this article
    by T. Anitha 
    Abstract: Rose bengal (RB), a synthetic dye, discharges into the environment and is harmful to the land as well as to the aquatic water bodies; therefore it is important to safeguard the environment. For the adsorption of rose bengal dye, chitosan being a good biosorbent is blended with two different polymers namely polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN). The morphology and the functional groups attached herewith the biosorbents before and after adsorption were confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses. The adsorption isotherms for the two different biosorbent systems were studied in association with Langmuir, Temkin and Freundlich adsorption isotherms using MATLAB software. The monolayer adsorption capacities of RB dye onto chitosan/PVA and chitosan/PAN were found to be 44.39 and 42.4 mg/g respectively. The adsorbed dye molecules were desorbed from chitosan/PVA and chitosan/PAN using HCl solution; thereby regenerating the biosorbents for furthermore adsorption.
    Keywords: chitosan; fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; FTIR; polyacrylonitrile; PAN; polyvinyl alcohol; PVA; rose bengal dye; scanning electron microscope; SEM.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014698
  • Assessment of food waste management in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: current status and perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Ngoc Bao Dung Thi, Nguyen Thanh Tuan, Ngoc Hong Hanh Thi 
    Abstract: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is one of the largest cities in Vietnam. It is also a pioneer in the country in terms of economic growth. When the faster economy grows, the more production activities take place. That will cause the more waste discharged into the environment, causing adverse effects on both environmental quality and conditions of human life. The waste management system of HCMC is still weak and lack of specific management framework for many sources of waste such municipal wastewater, municipal solid waste (MSW), industrial hazardous waste, and food waste (FW). Due to the lack of specific waste management system of FW in HCMC, which causes the loss of a tremendous energy potential from FW also causes many serious environmental issues in HCMC. Therefore, this paper reviews the current scenario and also proposes suggestion to enhance FW segregation and management of HCMC.
    Keywords: food waste segregation; waste-to-energy; food waste management.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014699
  • Data reliability of solid waste analysis in Asia's newly industrialised countries   Order a copy of this article
    by Christopher J. Speier, Moni M. Mondal, Dirk Weichgrebe 
    Abstract: Urban municipal solid waste (MSW) management in Asia's newly industrialised countries remains inefficient with severe effects on human health. For developing sustainable MSW systems, detailed data on urban MSW characteristics are required. This article analyses the data quality and reliability of MSW characteristics by investigating existing datasets and the followed methodologies of data collection from urban areas. The applied methodologies are evaluated in the context of international standards for solid waste analysis. Focusing on MSW datasets from India, it is observed that MSW data vary stronger with decreasing city sizes. Most of the analysed studies did not follow the recommended statistical methods for solid waste analysis. In conclusion, the MSW datasets and the methodologies followed show great variations with limited informative value. For most cities, a MSW analysis in further detail and extend is required before developing a sustainable waste management system.
    Keywords: municipal solid waste; MSW; solid waste characterisation; waste analysis; waste management; data quality; newly industrialised countries.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014700
  • CO2 capture by adsorption and hydrate-based separation: a technological review   Order a copy of this article
    by J. Thilagan, B. Gayathri, M. Sugumar 
    Abstract: The rising concern over global climate change has geared up a desire for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In this work, a systematic review of the literature work done so far on the application of adsorption and hydrate-based gas separation for the capture of CO2 from both fuel gas and flue gas mixtures has been carried out. Different adsorbents and operating conditions have been studied. Improvements in the adsorption capacities by thermal, mechanical and chemical activation have also been analysed. A range of reactor designs and the role of thermodynamic and kinetic promoters in the hydrate-based gas separation process for CO2 capture have been reviewed. Each experimental work has been scrutinised independently and compared finally. Furthermore, the advantages and limitations of adsorption process and hydrate-based gas separation process have been pointed out.
    Keywords: CO2 capture; adsorption; physical adsorbents; chemical adsorbents; activation of adsorbents; adsorption capacity; hydrate-based gas separation; phase equilibrium; gas hydrates; hydrate formation pressure; thermodynamic and kinetic promoters.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014704
  • Oily-wastewater treatment using external electric field method   Order a copy of this article
    by Reza Hajimohammadi, Sara Zamani, Morteza Hosseini 
    Abstract: Some oily waste waters are like oil-in-water emulsion which causes a milky turbidity. For reducing the turbidity, the emulsion should be break. In this study, the electrical d-emulsification of oil in water emulsion in AC electric fields under various conditions was studied. External electric field or di-electrophoresis (DEP) was used to remove oil (oil of sunflower) from oil in water (o/w) emulsion. Turbidity was carried out by spectrophotometers in laboratory conditions. From obtained results, it was found that optimum voltage, temperature was about 150 V/mm and 38°C respectively by applying of constant frequency of 50 Hz. Nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) decreased from 180 to 292 approximately. The mean droplet size of oils droplet after separation process, reached to 200-400 microns. Maximum separation efficiency was about 75% at optimum condition. Therefore, d-emulsification of oily waste water using external electric field was proposed for petrochemical and oil industries wastewater treatment.
    Keywords: di-electrophoresis; DEP; electric field; oil-in-water emulsion; oily waste water.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014708
  • Mathematical programming approach for optimal allocation in the wastewater management   Order a copy of this article
    by M. Jayalakshmi, G. Vijayaraghavan, A. Suresh, Yung-Tse Hung 
    Abstract: Water is a valuable natural resource with very high importance, specifically in areas with water shortage. During the previous years, the limitations in water availability in various areas make the solution of water problems actually crucial and significant. The objective and the aims of the present work are: 1) to make a short review of the operations research methods that are used to solve water resources management problems; 2) proposed a new mathematical approach for solving allocation problem; 3) to examine the basic ideas and proposed solution with the help of the real life problem in the water resource management. More exactly, the basic idea of the project is the development and implementation of an optimisation model that selects the quantities of water to be supplied from various sources and the quantities of water to be allocated to various users with the condition that each water capacity allocated to each user in order to optimise the total water availability, taking into account priorities in the demand and use of the resource, as well as sustainability considerations.
    Keywords: water resources management; water supply; assignment problem; optimal allocation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014712
  • Removal of copper ions from aqueous solution by Annona squamosa biomass using biosorption   Order a copy of this article
    by R. Babu, G. Manikandan, G. Vijayaraghavan, Yung-Tse Hung 
    Abstract: Biosorption of copper II ions using Annonasquamosa biomaterial was investigated in this study. This work examined the efficiency of Annona squamosaseeds and shell powder for the biosorption of copper II ions from aqueous solution in a batch mode. Biosorption is affected by various parameters namely initial metal concentration (100 mg/L to 500 mg/L), temperature (25°C to 40°C), biosorbent loading (1.0 g to 5.0 g), at controlled pH 5.3. At high initial copper ion concentrations, a maximum specific uptake of copper was obtained with lesser percentage removal of copper. A maximum percentage removal of 97% was obtained with 100 mg/L of initial copper ion concentrations and a maximum specific uptake of 20.75 mg/g was obtained with 500 mg/L initial copper ion concentrations at biosorbent dosage of 2 g in 120 min of contact time with optimum pH of 5.3 respectively. The results suggest that the ASSP can be used as an effective, low cost and eco-friendly adsorbent for the removal of copper II ions from aqueous solution.
    Keywords: biosorption; copper ions; Annona squamosa shell; isotherms; kinetics.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014714
  • Environmental sustainability of green marketing strategy: empirical evidence from e-tail consumer's in Tamil Nadu   Order a copy of this article
    by Suresh Annamalai, K.R. Kumar, R. Jothikumar, Yung-Tse Hung 
    Abstract: Green marketing is one of such strategies used by marketers for reaching sustainable development. Companies need to know consumers' attitude and to adapt new marketing solutions with the focus on determining the expectations and satisfying their needs. In this paper, we will attempt to examine the attitude of Tamil Nadu e-tail consumers toward eco-friendly products. The aim of the survey is to gather information from a consumer standpoint. Time has witnessed the different phases of marketing strategy. Out of which, sustainability is the key issue which has emerged in marketing strategy over the time. In earlier phase of 1970s, ecological issues have emerged as a new paradigm in marketing strategy. Reassessment of the issues resulted in evolution of green or environmental issues in marketing strategy and now the sustainability in marketing strategy has become the focus of attention of the researchers.
    Keywords: green label; green packing; green advertising; brand image; product value.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014717
  • Sustainable solid waste management through 3R strategy in Gazipur City   Order a copy of this article
    by Md. Asif Hasan Anik, Abdullah Rumi Shishir, Promi Islam, Syeda Nishat Naila, Ijaj Mahmud Chowdhury 
    Abstract: Generation of a huge amount of solid waste and its mismanagement has become one of the major concerned social and environmental issues in both urban and rural areas. Although municipal authorities are concerned about the importance of solid waste collection, disposal and recycling, it is difficult to deal effectively with the growing amount of solid waste generated with the increase of population. This research determines the waste generation rate (per capita per day) to determine the composition of wastes in houses, secondary dumping site and final dumping site with the amount of the waste that can be reduced and the possible amount of economic benefits that can be achieved through adopting 3R policy. The results suggest that it will be economically benefitting if 3R policy in Gazipur City is adopted. Finally this study, based on the findings, give suggestions for a way leading to a sustainable waste management system for a city.
    Keywords: environment; economic benefit; reduce; reuse; recycle; solid waste; sustainable management; 3R strategy; waste management.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014719
  • Sun degradation and synthesis of new antimicrobial and antioxidant utilising poly (ethylene terephthalate) waste   Order a copy of this article
    by Asmaa M. Fahim, Ahmad M. Farag, El Sayed M.A. Yakout, Galal A.M. Nawwar, Eman A. Ragab 
    Abstract: Green environmentally energy source used for degradation of Poly (ethylene terephthalate), which used as versatile intermediate for the synthesis of a form of heterocyclic compounds. Triazoles 5, 6a, b, 7, 9 and 22 oxadiazol 11, thiazolidin 11, pyrazole 18 and 20 derivatives; All the structures of the newly compounds were established by the spectroscopic data such as IR, Ms and 1H and 13C NMR. The new heterocyclic exhibited high antimicrobial and antioxidant action.
    Keywords: sun energy; poly (ethylene terephthalate); oxadiazole; triazole; pyrazole; thiazolidine; antimicrobial; antioxidant.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2018.10014720
  • Preparation of activated carbon from mixed peels of fruits with Chemical activation (K2CO3) - Application in adsorptive removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution.   Order a copy of this article
    by Vimalkumar Adichakkaravarthy 
    Abstract: This work explores the feasibility of mixed peels of fruits as a precursor for the preparation of activated carbon by carbonisation process with chemical activation by K2CO3. The process variables of carbonisation such as carbonisation temperature, time and chemical impregnation ratio on the carbon yield and adsorption capacity were optimised. The morphological structure and textural characteristics of produced activated carbon were examined by scanning electron microscopy. The optimum conditions for preparation of activated carbon were as follows: At carbonisation temperature of 525
    Keywords: Key words: Mixed peels of fruits; Carbonisation; Chemical activation; activated carbon; Adsorption.

    by NagamalleswaraRao K, Babu Ponnusami A 
    Abstract: This work deals with the safety of high-pressure vessels by Blowdown analysis in oil and gas industry using Aspen HYSYS simulation tool. During the design of high pressure vessel API 521 standards are implemented. The required parameters governing the depressurization technique and the selection of thermodynamics property package, heat transfer model selection are explained. All physically significant effects of the process which governs the safety of the high-pressure vessel are predicted. These findings are highly useful in the safe design of high-pressure vessels in oil and gas industry. The predicted results are also useful in the selection of the material of construction and reduce the cost and reduce the risk of failure of the equipment. This work guarantees the life of people working in the industry and reduces the process equipment cost and environmental problems. This work is useful to process design engineers and safety engineers in mitigating the chemical disasters in oil and gas industries.
    Keywords: API 521; BLOWDOWN; Heat transfer model; High-pressure vessel; Chemical Disasters; Oil and gas industry.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Coal based Thermal Power Plant near Udupi Power Corporation Limited in Karnataka - India   Order a copy of this article
    by Lewlyn L. R. Rodrigues, Shiva Prasad H C, James Joseph, Sriram K V 
    Abstract: The Udupi district in Karnataka, located at the southern part of India is an eco-sensitive region. This region is known for its copious rain fall, greenery and rare species of flora and fauna. Commissioning of a coal based thermal power plant this locality is likely to have an adverse effect on environment viz. increase in air, water, noise pollution and land degradation. The purpose of this study is to the identify and assess the environmental impact on the villages surrounding the Thermal Power Plant commissioned by Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) at Nandikur Udupi District, Karnataka, India. This study leads to the conclusion that this thermal power plant is causing serious issues to the environment and social life of people. The study noticed pollution in water and air affecting the quality of life, causing health issues. The social life of the people is also being affected and people have started to resist the further industrial developments and capacity expansion as it affects their lives and also destroys the environment that includes the flora and fauna. The results drawn through this study are an important source of information for the regulatory bodies to initiate measures that promote sustainable development. This study is a visible indicator of social ethics and serves as a warning signal to the management of UPCL Thermal Power Plant to make their operations more environment friendly.
    Keywords: Environmental Impact Assessment; Thermal power plant; Sustainable development; Environmental degradation; Power generation; Social Impact;.

  • Modeling the chemical compositions of Municipal Solid Waste in Ghaziabad City, Uttar Pradesh (India)   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: Ghaziabad is one of the fastest growing, highly urbanized and industrialized Metropolitan city of National Capital Region (India). The waste disposal facilities for Ghazibad need to be revamped for which proper strategies have to be developed and adopted by the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad. Waste-to-energy and compost formation are sustainable solutions for waste disposal practices. In the current study, the chemical characteristics of Municipal Solid waste of 36 samples from 7 different sources in Ghaziabad City have been analyzed. The study proposes five predictive regression models based on proximate analysis alongwith seven regression models based on ultimate analysis in order to reduce cost, time and effort of experimental work. The results indicate that compost formation from waste can be a better option for Ghaziabad City to manage its waste.
    Keywords: Municipal Solid Waste; proximate analysis; ultimate analysis; regression analysis.

  • A Review on Solid Waste Management Process and Environmental Impact Due to Solid Waste in Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), Bangladesh   Order a copy of this article
    by Md. Shimul Hossain, M. G. Muntasir Shehab, Mir Raisul Islam, Md. Shaheen Shah, Simanto Kumar Pal 
    Abstract: Solid waste generation has been a great concern for the developing countries like Bangladesh. Municipal solid waste (MSW) generation is increasing in the mega cities in Bangladesh due to rapid urbanization and population growth. This study has been conducted in Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), Bangladesh. In this study, data and information including amount of generated waste and supporting facilities for waste management in SCC were collected from SCC authority and different scientific literatures. The objectives of this study were to make a clear sketch of the solid waste management process including waste generation, collection and disposal of that waste at dumpsite. Impact of this municipal solid waste on environment and different types of living species like human beings, animals and plants were also a part of this study. After analysis, it is clear that this municipal waste has a great negative impact on environment and living species. For that reason, some actions were suggested to be taken to minimize the effect of this solid waste on environment and living species.
    Keywords: Solid Waste; Solid Waste Management; Sylhet City; Sylhet City Corporation.

  • A Multi-echelon logistics and disposal optimization model for municipal solid waste management in Beijing   Order a copy of this article
    by Annabelle Schreiber, Jianhua Yang 
    Abstract: In recent years, the municipal solid waste management in Beijing has been improved due to government involvement in environmental matter. However, some researches are still required to optimize Beijing waste management. The purpose of this study is to model the citys solid waste management system and work out the solution to implement the Beijing waste management system to reduce total cost and develop sustainable consumption and production mode. Municipal solid waste management system was analyzed from waste collection to different waste disposal plants in Beijing. A cost optimization of the reverse logistics model is calculated by building a linear programming model for municipal solid waste management system. The most adequate solution is proposed after analysis of multiple scenarios to collect and process waste. Five available scenarios and results analysis are put forward which lead to the conclusion and perspectives based on those scenarios.
    Keywords: Municipal solid waste; Cost optimization; Reverse Logistics; Multi echelon logistics; Disposal optimization; Model; Beijing; Urban waste; Waste Management; Landfill; Composting; Linear programming.

  • Fabrication and Study of Mechanical Properties of Ecofriendly Banana fiber-natural Rubber latex Composites   Order a copy of this article
    by Gopakumar R Nair, R. Rajesh 
    Abstract: The necessity for the development and use of naturally occurring materials as a replacement for synthetic and environment hazardous materials has become a requirement of the time. The rapid depletion of petroleum products from which most synthetic polymers are developed also adds to the situation. In this context an elastomer composite using natural materials like natural rubber latex and 40% v/v natural banana stem fiber (long, continuous, unidirectional) is developed for both longitudinal (0
    Keywords: Rubber Latex; Banana fibres; Rubber Composites; Tensile Strength; Tear Strength; Environment friendly; Natural fibers; Hardness; Interfacial Adhesion.

Special Issue on: Internet of Things in Environment, Agriculture and Waste Management

  • Economic Utilization of Rice Straw -An Effort for Preventing Social Hazard   Order a copy of this article
    by Pardeep Aggarwal 
    Abstract: Plumes of smoke arising from the fields is a very common sight in Punjab and Haryana during rice harvesting season. This is mainly because of the excessive indulgence of rice straw burning which emits trace toxic gases adversely affecting human health as well as the environment. Every year about 12 million tons of rice straw, out of total production of 20 Million tonnes of Rice straw is burnt in the State of Punjab, India only. Biomass burning is a major source of many air born particles and trace gases. It is recognized as a significant global source of emissions, contributing as much as 40% of gross CO2, 32% of Carbon monoxide (CO), 20% of particulate matter (PM) and 50% of polycyclic aromatic hydro carbons (PAHs) released in to environment around the globe (CEC-2014, Burning Agriculture waste; a source of dioxins, Montreal, Canada)There are primarily two types of rice residues such as rice straw and rice husk. Technology for rice husk is well established and husk procurement is available easily from rice mills on continuous basis. However, rice straw technology for power generation is rarely used because of many challenges involved with the same. The collection and storage of rice straw is one of the major challenge which is very laborious. About 90% of rice production is from Asian countries, and among them East Asian countries contribute the highest share of rice production. In 2013, as per Food and Agriculture Organisation, the production of rice straw in China reached 254 million tones and in India 199 million tonnes. Thus there is an indispensable need to promote effective utilization of Rice straw for pollution abatement, economic well-being of farmers, and acceleration of resource-saving and environmental-protected society constructions. Rice straw can be used for power generation and ethanol production. One of the main reason that we have not witnessed any upscale of 100% rice straw based biomass power plants in India is mainly attributed to the challenges that come with it like straw collection, storage, protection, transportation, cutting, jamming in the fuel feeding system, etc. To overcome all these problems there is a need to experiment for a successful and sustainable tried and tested fuel supply chain management of rice straw for power generation. In an attempt to curb the same, the Government of Punjab, India installed a 10 MW plant in Jalkheri, Punjab but could not be operated successfully. Thereafter, lot of tenders were issued for setting up Rice straw plants but nobody has shown interest in the same because of challenges in maintaining and operating the power plant throughout the year and biggest challenge is Supply chain management of rice straw. Presently there is only one 100% rice straw based power plant in India i.e. 12 MW project located in District Patiala, India which is being operated by M/s Punjab Biomass Power Limited. The plant requires around 120000 MT of rice straw annually for its operation at 70% plant load factor . The collection and storage of fuel supply for continuous operation of the plant is a very challenging task. The fuel logistics has to be planned in a proper way to ensure operation of the plant round the year. Given these dire conditions the plant has however developed a mechanized logistics system for handling such a volume of rice straw for its successful operation. This paper undertakes a detailed study on the working and operational aspects in the supply chain management of this 100% rice straw based power plant. The detailed and extensive literature review has been carried out on this subject.
    Keywords: Rice Straw usage; Stubble burning; Field burning; and Pollution Haze due to agriculture waste burning; 100% rice straw based Biomass power plants. Logistic issues with rice straw; cost analysis of rice straw.