Environmental Science Unit 4
Environmental Hazards and Human Health
Municipal Solid Waste
Municipal solid waste (MSW) includes all the kinds of garbage that city dwellers make. The World Bank explains that each city has different types of waste because conditions are different in each city. In general it is composed of non-combustibles such as “coal ash, glass, and metals” and combustibles such as “paper, rubber, plastic, fabric, leather, vegetable/decaying material, and wood” (Wilson, et al., 2001, World Bank)
Throughout history waste has either been saved if it can be reused, dumped into a pile, burned, or somehow minimized. The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (2009) ...