This chapter presents an overview of the mass balance principle and its applications. It is an important tool for quantifying wastes which are produced by economic processes. These wastes are equal in mass to the difference between total raw material inputs to the process and useful material outputs. Products are becoming more complex which results in an increase of input mass and wastes. It is safe to say that nowadays process wastes far exceed the mass of materials that are finally embodied in useful products.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Regional Science|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|