"Garbage and Recycling: Is Garbage a Serious Problem?; Is Recycling Effective?; Is Toxic Waste Disposal a Serious Problem?; What Strategies Will Help Reduce Waste and Save Money?"-- Provided by publisher.
Presents essays with opposing viewpoints on the issues raised by various types of waste and garbage, including dealing with toxic wastes. Also addresses issues involved in recycling.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-231) and index.
Is garbage a serious problem? The United States has a garbage crisis / Peter Lehner ; There is no garbage crisis in the United States / Jane Chastain ; Landfills are dangerous / Environment News Service ; Landfills are relatively safe / Useful-Community-Development.org ; The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an environmental disaster / Graham Land ; The magnitude of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is overstated / Jay L. Wile ; Plastic bags are a huge waste problem and should be banned / Marc Basnight ; Plastic bags are useful and should not be banned / Lenore Skenazy
Is recycling effective? Recycling reinforces social responsibility / Christal Marx ; Recycling encourages consumption and materialism / GreenMuze.com ; Recycling does not solve environmental problems / Anthony B. Bradley ; Recycling benefits the environment / The Economist ; Mandatory recycling wastes resources / James Thayer ; Mandatory recycling helps reduce waste / Chris Bristol ; Mandatory recycling undermines civil liberties / Wendy McElroy ; Pay-as-you-throw programs work / Raphael Gang, Scot Matayoshi ; Pay-as-you-throw programs do not work / Richard Olson Jr.
Is toxic waste disposal a serious problem? Nuclear waste should be reprocessed / William Tucker ; Nuclear waste should not be reprocessed / Union of Concerned Scientists ; The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility should be closed / Timothy Noah ; The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility should not be closed / Jack Spencer ; Fly ash landfills are a safe solution to coal ash waste / Brock Hill ; Fly ash landfills and ponds create health hazards / Tony Bartelme ; Recycling e-waste is environmentally beneficial / Rex Springston ; Recycling e-waste endangers third world countries / ABC News
What strategies will help reduce waste and save money? Eliminating disposable plastic will decrease waste / Daniella Russo ; Single-stream recycling is economical and easy / Kevin Taylor ; Solar-powered trash compactors can make trash collection more efficient / Daniel Gross ; Electrobiochemical reactors treat waste efficiently and cheaply / Brendon Bosworth ; Plasma gasification successfully converts trash into energy / Michael Behar ; Reprocessing medical equipment minimizes waste and saves money / Gifty Kwakye, Peter Pronovost, Martin A. Makary.
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