Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Waste Collection and Transport

  • Jess W. EverettEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_124

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Concise definition of the subject and its importance with brief historical background.

Solid wastes must be collected from generation points and moved to a transfer station, or treatment, disposal, or recycling facility. Source activities are carried out at generation points. They include generation, processing, storage, and presentation to the collection system. Collection involves moving the waste from the presentation point to an unloading point, i.e., a transfer station, etc. Wastes are taken to a transfer station when the ultimate destination is far away. Environmental impact from collection and transport arise primarily from the operation of collection and transport vehicles.


The functional elements of an integrated solid waste management system include generation, source activities, collection, processing, transfer and transport, treatment, and disposal [1]. Generation is the creation of waste, when an item becomes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA