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Emphasizing the impossibility of achieving a zero-risk environment, Porter focuses on the choices that apply in real world decisions about waste. Acknowledging that effective waste policy integrates knowledge from several disciplines, Porter focuses on the use ...
Emphasizing the impossibility of achieving a zero-risk environment, Porter focuses on the choices that apply in real world decisions about waste. Acknowledging that effective waste policy integrates knowledge from several disciplines, Porter focuses on the use of economic analysis to reveal the costs of different policies and therefore how much can be done to meet goals to protect human health and the environment. With abundant examples, he considers subjects such as landfills, incineration, and illegal disposal. He discusses the international trade in waste, the costs and benefits of recycling, and special topics such as hazardous materials, Superfund, and nuclear waste.
While making clear his belief that not every form of waste presents the same amount of risk, Porter stresses the need for open-minded approaches to developing new policies. For students, policymakers, and general readers, he provides insight and accessibility to a subject that others might leave out-of-sight, out-of-mind, or buried under an impenetrable prose of statistics and jargon.
|1||Economics and Waste: An Introduction||1|
|Pt. 1||Solid Waste Creation, Collection, and Disposal|
|3||Household Waste Collection||39|
|4||Solid Waste Landfills||54|
|5||Incineration of Solid Waste||71|
|6||Illegal Disposal and Litter||86|
|7||Exporting and Importing Waste||102|
|Pt. 2||Recycling Solid Waste Products|
|8||Market Failure in Recycling||121|
|9||Economics of Recycling||133|
|10||Policies for Recycling||148|
|11||Logistics of Recycling||164|
|12||Markets for Recycling||177|
|13||Yard Waste and Composting||187|
|Pt. 3||Special Waste Categories|
|Pt. 4||Final Thoughts|
|17||What Have We Learned?||259|
|About the Author||301|