Recycling Reconsidered The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States
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Description: Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. The accomplishmentsof the recycling movement can be seen in municipal practice, a thriving private recycling industry,and widespread public support and participation. In the United States, more people recycle thanvote. But, as Samantha MacBride points out in this book, the goals of recycling -- saving the earth(and trees), conserving resources, and greening the economy -- are still far from being realized.The vast majority of solid wastes are still burned or buried. MacBride argues that, since theemergence of the recycling movement in 1970, manufacturers of products that end up in waste havesuccessfully prevented the implementation of more onerous, yet far more effective, forms ofsustainable waste policy. Recycling as we know it today generates the illusion of progress whileallowing industry to maintain the status quo and place responsibility on consumers and localgovernment.MacBride offers a series of case studies in recycling that poseprovocative questions about whether the current ways we deal with waste are really the best ways tobring about real sustainability and environmental justice. She does not aim to debunk or discouragerecycling but to help us think beyond recycling as it is today.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/16/2013
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Acronyms and Abbreviations|
|Rags and Bottles|
|Curbside Recycling Collection|
|Tonnage and Toxicity: The Nonissue of Nonhazardous Industrial Waste|
|Scale and Sufficiency: Zero Waste and the Quest for Environmental Justice|
|Extended Plastics Responsibility: Producers as Reluctant Stewards|
|Summary of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Data on Solid-Waste Generation, Disposal, and Recycling in the United States|
|Summary of Textile and Glass Disposal and Recycling in the United States and New York City|
|Changes in Quantity and Composition of Municipal Solid Waste over Time|
|Fractions of Municipal Solid Waste Suitable for Reuse Using a Model of Repair, Refurbishment, and Retailing|
|Details on Various Quantities of Different Plastics in Municipal Solid Waste|
|Fractions of Municipal Solid Waste Referred to in the Conclusion|