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Date: Thu May 21 1998 - 08:21:00 EDT

Date: Thu, 21 May 98 13:21 WET DST
Subject: Re: Consumer   Industrial Wastes (Solids) breakdown Achievable via rendering (David)

May 21, 1998

Dear David,

In 9 years of answering questions about waste management, this is only the 2nd time that this question has come up (or even some variant of it). It is treated as a utopian question by the industry which does not get down to the molecular level.

There is one journal that has given it a more serious consideration, Ecological Economics which I believe comes out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

For example, see: C. Bianciardi, et. al., Complete recycling of matter in the frameworks of physics, biology, and ecological economics in volume 8 (1993) of that journal.
The debate evidently spilled over into 1994.

The energy implications (thresholds) such as might be needed for rendering may have a larger literature:


 Environmental, Economic, and Energy Impacts of Material Recovery Facilities: A MITE Program Evaluation by US EPA and NREL, US DOE, EPA/600-R-95/125, 10/95

 Municipal Solid Waste Management: A Bibliography of U.S. Dept. of Energy Contractor Reports Through 1994 by NREL, US DOE, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401.
Its publication # is NREL/TP-430-7886.

Also, see the reports of Life Cycle Assessment of specific substances or products by the Tellus Institute of Boston, MA, 11 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116.

And, lastly, simply because they have been in this business far longer than most of us, contact the website of the National Recycling Coalition.

Hope that this helps a bit. Without a great deal more research time than I have to offer, I cannot make the requesite study.

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