Recycling And The Politics Of Urban Waste


This book examines recycling and municipal waste management in three major cities: London, New York, and Hamburg.

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This book examines recycling and municipal waste management in three major cities: London, New York, and Hamburg.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312122034
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Gandy teaches geography at University College London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
1 The management of municipal waste 4
The collection of municipal waste 5
Waste disposal by landfill 6
Waste disposal by incineration 8
The demunicipalization of waste management 11
2 Recycling in perspective 14
The diverse rationale for recycling 14
The hierarchy of recycling options 18
The recycling of post-consumer waste 21
The control of packaging waste 25
Public participation and recycling 29
The secondary materials market 30
The economic viability of recycling 33
Recycling and 'market failure' 33
3 London 38
The historical development of waste management for London 38
Radical waste management under the GLC in the 1980s 45
The abolition of the GLC Public Health Engineering Department 46
The post-war collapse of paper recycling 51
The rise of the 'bring' system for the recycling of glass 54
The underlying barriers to recycling in London 56
Market-based recycling policy 59
The demunicipalization of waste management in London 62
The future of landfill 65
The re-emergence of incineration 66
4 New York 70
The historical development of waste management for New York 70
The impact of the New York State bottle bill 77
Local Law 19 and kerbside recycling 78
Conflict and uncertainty over the future 84
5 Hamburg 90
The historical development of waste management for Hamburg 90
The contemporary pattern of municipal waste management 93
The recycling of putrescible kitchen and garden waste 96
The politics of waste management in Hamburg 101
The 1991 packaging ordinance 105
6 Conclusion 111
The limits to comprehensive post-consumer recycling 112
The need for waste reduction 113
The market-led incineration path 114
Notes and references 117
Further reading 140
Index 144
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