In Defense of Garbage

Hardcover | March 1, 1993

byJudd H. Alexander

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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. The author sees the garbage crisis as a political one and discusses popular misconceptions about the quantity of garbage, resource consumption, forest productivity, packaging, disposal taxes, landfills, incineration and recycling. He introduces a non-cash national solution to the local problem of solid waste.

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Putting a positive spin on an unpleasant subject, the former vice president of American Can Company reveals how garbage actually contributes to the health of the economy.

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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. The author sees the garbage crisis as a political one and discusses popular misconceptions about the quantity of garbage, resource consump...

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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 munici...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.5 × 6.44 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275936279

ISBN - 13:9780275936273

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Putting a positive spin on an unpleasant subject, the former vice president of American Can Company reveals how garbage actually contributes to the health of the economy.

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.,."eminently readable, entertaining, and a very important statement about what grabage is, why it is important, who should care about it, and what is likely to happen in profligate societies. Alexander's industrial and academic experience together with his sprightly literary style informs, educates, and instructs the reader on the nature of waste, the disposal problem, the value of garbage, the impact of packaging in a throw-away society, the benefits of source reduction, the promise and problems of reclaiming and recycling, the illustion of simple solutions based on biodegradability, the politics of garbage, and a host of other issues. But suprise, suprise! Alexander sounds an optimistic note. Complete and accessible bibliography; essentially flawless editing. The only other thing one could ask for is an affordable price, and the publisher has given that. All levels."-Choice