This is an authoritative review of issues in waste management both in the United States and globally that measures the scope of the problem and examines the latest scientific and policy initiatives for addressing it. Each year, the United States alone produces well over 200,000,000 tons of waste! That's roughly 4.5 pounds of garbage per person per day. How that waste is managed, either through disposal or recycling, is one of the most essential, yet most often overlooked aspects of our efforts to sustain the environment.
This urgent volume provides an up-to-date overview of waste management, outlining ways that individuals, groups, and governments can reduce waste through integrated strategies. From household trash to radioactive material, "Waste Management" covers the many types of waste humans produce, then looks at the latest scientific breakthroughs and policy initiatives focusing on the waste management problem. It provides a historical context for understanding the current garbage crisis and examines a number of important events and current issues, including the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, managing the debris from Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center site, ship breaking and human rights violations in Asia, the free cycling movement, and San Francisco's ban on plastic grocery bags. The book also looks at the problem globally, from the most developed country to cultures that rely on trash picking and scavenging.
Series features an exhaustive introductory essay, and a chronology of key events, movements, and legislation. Title features: a separate chapter of primary source documents relevant to the issue of waste management, including presidential speeches, industry statistics, and international agreements; a chronology ranging from 1757 and the first municipal trash cleaning service to the ban on the production, sale, and use of plastic bags in China in 2008. This title covers waste management problems and solutions from both a domestic and international perspective to show the global scope of the topic. It uses the 'paper or plastic?' question to personalize waste choices for individuals.
.".. a complete and comprehensive introduction to contemporary waste management issues and features a chronology of thematically relevant events, legislation, and movements;... An ideal textbook for Environmental Studies curriculums, "Waste Management" is also very highly recommended reading for environmental activists and non-specialist general readers with an interest in waste management issues." -
Midwest Book Review