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Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development

ISBN-10: 0691050147
ISBN-13: 9780691050140
Edition: 2000
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Description: More Americans recycle than vote. And most do so to improve their communities and the environment. But do recycling programs advance social, economic, and environmental goals? To answer this, three sociologists with expertise in urban and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

More Americans recycle than vote. And most do so to improve their communities and the environment. But do recycling programs advance social, economic, and environmental goals? To answer this, three sociologists with expertise in urban and environmental planning have conducted the first major study of urban recycling. They compare four types of programs in the Chicago metropolitan area: a community-based drop-off center, a municipal curbside program, a recycling industrial park, and a linkage program. Their conclusion, admirably elaborated, is that recycling can realize sustainable community development, but that current programs achieve few benefits for the communities in which they are located. The authors discover that the history of recycling mirrors many other urban reforms. What began in the 1960s as a sustainable community enterprise has become a commodity-based, profit-driven industry. Large private firms, using public dollars, have chased out smaller nonprofit and family-owned efforts. Perhaps most troubling is that this process was not born of economic necessity. Rather, as the authors show, socially oriented programs are actually more viable than profit-focused systems. This finding raises unsettling questions about the prospects for any sort of sustainable local development in the globalizing economy. Based on a decade of research, this is the first book to fully explore the range of impacts that recycling generates in our communities. It presents recycling as a tantalizing case study of the promises and pitfalls of community development. It also serves as a rich account of how the state and private interests linked to the global economy alter the terrain of local neighborhoods.

David Naguib Pellow is Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Among his books are the award-winning Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002) and Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (coedited with Robert Brulle; MIT Press, 2005.)

Allan Schnaiberg is professor emeritus of sociology at northwestern university, and a former chair of that department. His books include: The environment: from surplus to scarcity (1980), Distributional conflicts in environmental-resource policy (1986); co-editor with Nicholas Watts & Klaus Zimmermann, Environment and society: the enduring conflict (1994, 2000); with Ken Gould, Local environmental struggles: citizen activism in the treadmill of production (1996); with Ken Gould & Adam Weinberg, Urban recycling and the search for sustainable community development (2000).

Acknowledgments
Urban Recycling: An Empirical Test of Sustainable Community Development Proposals
Sustainable Community Development
Recycling as a Case Study in Sustainable Community Development
The Rise of Recycling: ""Why Waste a Resource?""
Contemporary Recycling Practices
The Chicago Region as a locale for Examining Recycling and Sustainable Community Development
The Challenge to Achieve Sustainable Community Development: A Theoretical Framework
The Treadmill

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