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ISBN: 0262525240
Author: Robert Gottlieb,Samantha MacBride
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (August 16, 2013)
Pages: 320
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
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As the title implies, Samantha MacBride's Recycling Reconsidered takes a serious, timely, and unvarnished look at recycling in the United States.

As the title implies, Samantha MacBride's Recycling Reconsidered takes a serious, timely, and unvarnished look at recycling in the United States.

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Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. In the United States, more people recycle than vote. The accomplishments of the recycling movement can be seen in municipal practice, a thriving private recycling industry, and widespread public support and participation. 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.

It is within this context that Samantha MacBride's new book Recycling Reconsidered emerges, which .

It is within this context that Samantha MacBride's new book Recycling Reconsidered emerges, which represents both a timely and an important scholarly attempt to draw our attention to the less than glamorous aspects of the production- consumption cycle that tends to receive much less attention than it perhaps deserves. In doing so, she shows us that, despite advances since the 1970s in recycling performance in the United States, the goals of recycling have not been met because the majority of waste continues to be either burnt or buried in the ground.

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In Recycling Reconsidered, Samantha MacBride illustrates how American recycling grew from inspiring starts in neighborhood and community take-back centers into widespread, government-run curbside collection. These programs enjoy great public support but only manage to divert small percentages of the municipal (say nothing of the total) national waste stream, often at considerable cost to taxpayers

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How the success and popularity of recycling has diverted attention from the steep environmental costs of manufacturing the goods we consume and discard.

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.

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. She does not aim to debunk or discourage recycling but to help us think beyond recycling as it is today.

Comments:

Ffyan
I loaded this onto my Kindle and the text did not flow correctly. Words at the end of each line were cut off. Never encountered this with a Kindle book on my device.
Ucantia
Excellent critical examination of recycling.
Mayno
Excellent research on role of recycling ideologies and how they may be deflecting citizen activism from more effective activities targeting industrial waste, legislation, regulation, and bio wastes.
Sagda
Lots of good information.
Bandiri
The waste/recycling world has a lot of informative journal/magazine publications, but it can be hard to find an entire book dedicated to the industry and its achievements. This book looks at landfill diversion and employment statistics, policy successes and failures, and ties these in with the wavering history of public opinion toward waste, recycling, and materials management - all in a United States context. This is a ton of information, so reading and processing it took a while, but was well worth it. I came away from the book with a more concrete idea of what it will take - in tons, technology, and policy - to ACTUALLY move toward zero waste. For example, MacBride presents astonishing evidence for how little attention is paid to industrial waste tonnages in the overall scheme of materials management policy. I know personally that the materials management industry is already aware of this problem and moving to change, but MacBride provides the numbers and history behind how the problem developed in the first place - very interesting.

Some of the status quo recycling programs that we know and love have reached a point of diminishing returns, so it's time we turn to a hard-hitting mix of policies and market drivers that can properly handle the crazy assortment of materials that flow out of the homes and businesses in this country. MacBride lays out a policy framework for doing just that. Though my day-to-day work is at the community scale, Recycling Reconsidered has me thinking more intelligently about long-term impacts and scalability of zero waste initiatives.
Broadraven
This book answered many questions I had about recycling, such as why we can't recycle Styrofoam or plastic bags (too light to be profitable and difficult to process dirty). It also gives a history of urban waste disposal and recycling in America, explaining what went right and how corporations looking out for their interests hinder the process. Finally, it presents well-researched and thoughtful proposed solutions to our waste issues.
Ffleg
It has some useful information in it, but it is written in such a way that is hard to understand. The sentences are very long and hard to follow, making the information unclear and difficult to understand.

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