ERIC Number: ED238723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Materials Recycling: The Virtue of Necessity. Worldwatch Paper 56.
Chandler, William U.
This report focuses on the necessity and advantages of recycling. Following an introduction, the report is divided into five sections, addressing respectively: the necessity of recycling; waste paper recycling; aluminum recycling; iron and steel recycling; and three steps to a "recycling society." These steps include: (1) requiring that consumers pay full costs of materials they use and requiring efforts to reduce energy price subsidies; (2) building world markets for scrap paper, aluminum, and iron/steel; and (3) efforts to insure greater collection of wastes. Incentives, information, or the threat of fines and non-collection of garbage are suggested as ways to implement the latter step, one which would also reduce environmental subsidies, promote international scrap trade, and soften the impact of higher energy prices. Potential for recycling, recycling trends, and special technical and political circumstances are among the topics discussed in the sections on the recycling of waste paper, aluminum, and iron/steel. (JN)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Fuels, Matter, Metals, Paper (Material), Physical Environment, Recycling, Waste Disposal, Wastes
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Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Worldwatch Inst., Washington, DC.