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APWA Book Review

Design of Landfills and Integrated Solid Waste Management (3rd Ed.)
696 pp * 2004 * John Wiley & Sons, Inc. * Amalendu Bagchi

ISWM—What is it, and just what does it mean for your community? These and many other questions can be answered in the 3rd edition of Design of Landfills and Integrated Solid Waste Management by Amalendu Bagchi.

Solid waste management traditionally has meant collection, land disposal, and incineration of household waste, and industrial waste disposal received little attention. Today, society takes a more global view, with increased environmental awareness, improved technology, and an interest in pollution-related health issues taking center stage.

According to Bagchi, "It became apparent that landfilling and incineration are not enough to deal with the huge volumes of solid waste generated by communities and industries." The need to manage solid waste by other means resulted in the concept of integrated solid waste management (ISWM). By practicing the three R's (reduction, reuse, recycle), a sustainable environment for ISWM is possible. The result will be recovery of more valuable products from the solid waste with less energy used, and a more positive environmental impact achieved.

The goal of this book is to provide ISWM information pertinent on a local level. This comprehensive guide is primarily for professionals and students of ISWM, but it will appeal to lawyers, government officials and industry managers who need a basic understanding of the principles of ISWM and landfill technology.

The 696-page book is available from the APWA Bookstore for $160 Member/$165 Nonmember. Reference PB.X416 when ordering.

For more information on purchasing this book and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at or call the Member Services Hotline at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5254.