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The Resource Recycling reconsidered : the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States, Samantha MacBride

Recycling reconsidered : the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States, Samantha MacBride

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Recycling reconsidered : the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States
Title
Recycling reconsidered
Title remainder
the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Samantha MacBride
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. The accomplishments of 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 than vote. 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 the emergence of the recycling movement in 1970, manufacturers of products that end up in waste have successfully prevented the implementation of more onerous, yet far more effective, forms of sustainable waste policy. Recycling as we know it today generates the illusion of progress while allowing industry to maintain the status quo and place responsibility on consumers and local government. Most disturbingly, it does so with the strong support of environmental social movements that defend recycling even as they grapple with its shortcomings. MacBride offers a series of case studies in recycling that pose provocative questions about whether the current ways we deal with waste are really the best ways to bring about real sustainability and environmental justice. MacBride does not aim to debunk or discourage recycling but to help us think beyond recycling as it is today. In the name of ecological citizenship, she challenges us to consider larger problems of solid waste, the global range of environmental threats, and policy alternatives that go beyond curbside collection of cans, bottles, and paper
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DLC
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MacBride, Samantha
Dewey number
363.72/820973
Index
index present
LC call number
TD794.5
LC item number
.M285 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Urban and industrial environments
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
Label
Recycling reconsidered : the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States, Samantha MacBride
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223103589777
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 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 -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1 : Summary of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data on solid-waste generation, disposal, and recycling in the United States -- Appendix 2 : Summary of textile and glass disposal and recycling in the United States and New York City -- Appendix 3 : Changes in quantity and composition of municipal solid waste over time -- Appendix 4 : Fractions of municipal solid waste suitable for reuse using a model of repair, refurbishment, and retailing -- Appendix 5 : Details on various quantities of different plastics in municipal solid waste -- Appendix 6 : Fractions of municipal solid waste referred to in the conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 303 p.
Isbn
9780262525244
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010053623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 700037609
  • (OCoLC)700037609
Label
Recycling reconsidered : the present failure and future promise of environmental action in the United States, Samantha MacBride
Publication
Bar code
31223103589777
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 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 -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1 : Summary of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data on solid-waste generation, disposal, and recycling in the United States -- Appendix 2 : Summary of textile and glass disposal and recycling in the United States and New York City -- Appendix 3 : Changes in quantity and composition of municipal solid waste over time -- Appendix 4 : Fractions of municipal solid waste suitable for reuse using a model of repair, refurbishment, and retailing -- Appendix 5 : Details on various quantities of different plastics in municipal solid waste -- Appendix 6 : Fractions of municipal solid waste referred to in the conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 303 p.
Isbn
9780262525244
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010053623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 700037609
  • (OCoLC)700037609

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