ERIC Number: ED284721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Hazardous Wastes and the Consumer Connection. A Guide for Educators and Citizens Concerned with the Role of Consumers in the Generation of Hazardous Wastes.
Many consumers do not see a strong connection between our lifestyles and buying decisions, and the amount of hazardous wastes generated in the United States. This guide was developed to be used by educators and citizens concerned with the role of consumers in the generation of hazardous wastes. It examines several products in terms of their potential for producing hazardous wastes. These include such common objects as fishing line, plastic bags, frisbees, and paper bags. The document urges citizens to learn more about the industrial processes that transform raw materials into the products we use, and, if it is found that a product generates hazardous waste, the consumer should ask several questions. These include: (1) Do I really need this product at all? (2) Should I substitute another product for this one? (3) Can I use less of this product, or use it less frequently? (4) How will I use this product? and (5) Where will this product ultimately end up? Each of these questions is discussed and options for individual decision making are presented. Also contained in the guide are a glossary of terms and an annotated bibliography of other information and resources. (TW)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Consumer Education, Decision Making, Ecological Factors, Environmental Education, Hazardous Materials, Natural Resources, Paper (Material), Plastics, Poisons, Pollution, Public Health, Quality of Life, Science and Society, Wastes
Science for Citizens Center of Southwestern Michigan, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Environmental Education Association.; Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Science for Citizens Center of Southwestern Michigan.