for the treatment of solid waste generated by urban and industrial activities. After decades of not paying specific attention to this sector, proper waste treatment is nowadays under the spot light because of the heightened environmental awareness which has led to a keen public interest for sustainable development and to stringent environmental regulations.
At the same time, the approach to waste treatment is not anymore solely a matter of minimisation of negative impact, as waste can generate revenues and be seen as a resource for recycling and energy generation. In other words, again a way to limit the world resource consumption.
The sector is very dynamic and evolves according to the continuous change of the globe conditions. In fact, while every human activity and development exerts an impact on the natural world, the engineers have to learn about how to minimize project footprints, apply better practices and more balanced approaches.