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Main Title In defense of garbage /
Author Alexander, Judd H.
Publisher Praeger,
Year Published 1993
Report Number 192-23977
OCLC Number 26217063
ISBN 0275936279; 9780275936273
Subjects Refuse and refuse disposal ; Afvalstoffen ; Afvalverwerking
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  TD791.A528 1993 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 04/20/2001
ERAM  TD791.A528 1993 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 12/30/1999
Collation xii, 239 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-229) and index.
Contents Notes In the beginning ... there was garbage -- The quantity of garbage is not strained -- The contents of waste -- Saving resources, saving trees -- Throw away products -- Packaging: a subtle servant -- Source reduction -- Recycling: promise and problems -- Recycling for paper and plastics -- Biodegradation, compost, and litter -- Collection and disposal -- The politics of garbage -- Solving the problems. This "other side of the story" is the first to show how waste products contribute positively to the economy, and to place garbage in perspective when considering the total use of America's resources. Alexander comes to this subject with 40 years of experience in making and recycling disposable products and in studying litter and municipal waste issues. He sees the garbage crisis as a political, not a physical, problem and introduces a non-cash national solution. He deals with popular misconceptions about the quantity and growth of garbage, resource consumption, forest productivity, packaging, disposal taxes, landfills, incineration and recycling. Written for open-minded lay readers, policymakers, professionals, and serious-minded students, this is an important contribution to the study of our current environmental situation. Alexander proposes that the problem does not necessarily lie with the quantity of our resources, population growth, affluence, or with space or pollution, but rather with politics, fear, and misinformation. Alexander offers a survey of the history of garbage, considers the quantity and contents of the waste, and provides us with ways to save our nonrenewable resources. Especially compelling is the discussion of the characteristics and products of our throwaway society. Also covered is the role of packaging, measures for source reduction, the promise and problems of recycling different types of material, biodegradation, compost and litter, and the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste. In Defense of Garbage is about the politics of garbage. Reading this eye-opening book is a sure way to become part of the solution to one of the most hotly-debated problems in the world today.
Place Published Westport, Conn. :
PUB Date Free Form 1993.
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 92023977
OCLC Time Stamp 20010413101543
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 01098cam 2200241 a 45020