Recycling Technologies

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Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Recycling technologies can be defined as the whole of procedures designed to set up physical-chemical actions, at an industrial scale, that perform the recovery of materials and end-use products resulting from the collection of household or industrial wastes. The materials to be recovered and recycled, obviously, influence both processing technologies and plant layouts. In this section an in-depth analysis of the problems arising when suitable recycling technologies must be designed, implemented, and set up is presented with particular reference to paper, glass, metals, plastics, and textiles (not organics or Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste). Recycling technologies must be approached from a processing perspective, that is, by defining a sequence of steps and actions where the waste flow stream feed, and th ...