Taking out the trash: a no-nonsense guide to recycling

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Island Press, 1992 - Political Science - 249 pages
Taking Out the Trash is a thorough guide to recycling as both concept and practical endeavor, providing readers with a valuable understanding of the nature and importance of the process. Jennifer Carless surveys the field--past, present, and future--analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of other methods of waste disposal (landfills, incineration) before considering the basics of recycling. Carless examines the different methods of collecting, transporting, and processing recyclable materials, and then takes an in-depth look at the materials themselves: what they are, what is saved by using recycled rather than virgin resources, and what markets are in place for using recycled materials. She describes a number of simple practices that can help individuals "reduce, reuse, recycle, reject" in order to keep materials out of the waste stream altogether. She explains the primary importance of using products derived from recycled materials. Plans for organizing recycling programs--at work, in the community, at school, and at home--are presented, with all aspects of such a project considered, from set-up to education to quality control. The book ends with a description of what's already being done to promote recycling as a viable method of waste disposal, including a review of federal, state, and local recycling legislation, and a look at some programs that have been successfully implemented by communities and businesses across the country.

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Communities nationwide have initiated recycling programs in an effort to solve their solid waste problems. This informative guide presents an overview of recycling efforts around the country, an ... Read full review


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