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Main Title Why do we recycle : markets, values, and public policy /
Author Ackerman, Frank.
Publisher Island Press,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 35096081
ISBN 1559635045 (cloth); 9781559635042 (cloth); 1559635053 (pbk.); 9781559635059 (pbk.)
Subjects Refuse and refuse disposal--Costs ; Recycling (Waste, etc)--Economic aspects ; Environmental policy ; Milieueconomie ; Recycling ; Milieubeleid ; Economische analyse ; Milieuvraagstuk ; Recycling ; Wirtschaft ; Umweltpolitik ; Kosten
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EIAM  HD4482.A27 1997 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 03/21/2003
EJBM  HD4482.A27 1997 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/14/1998
ELAM  HD4482.A27 1997 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 07/22/2013
ERAM  HD4482.A27 1997 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/27/2001
Collation xii, 210 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-197) and index.
Contents Notes
Ch. 1. Beyond the Trash Can -- Ch. 2. Getting the Prices Wrong -- Ch. 3. More Than the Market -- Ch. 4. A Truck Is a Terrible Thing to Waste -- Ch. 5. Drink Boxes, Styrofoam, and PVC -- Ch. 6. The Dot Heard Around the World -- Ch. 7. Bottle Bills, Litter, and the Cost of Convenience -- Ch. 8. Organic Waste and the Virtue of Inaction -- Ch. 9. The Hidden Utility -- Ch. 10. Material Use and Sustainable Affluence. In Why Do We Recycle? Frank Ackerman examines the arguments for and against recycling, focusing on the debate surrounding the use of economic mechanisms to determine the value of recycling. Based on previously unpublished research conducted by the Tellus Institute, a nonprofit environmental research group in Boston, Massachusetts, Ackerman presents an alternative view of the theory of market incentives, challenging the notion that setting appropriate prices and allowing. unfettered competition will result in the most efficient level of recycling. He explains why purely economic approaches to recycling are incomplete and argues for a different kind of decisionmaking, one that addresses social issues, future as well as present resource needs, and noneconomic values that cannot be translated into dollars and cents.