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Miller, Debra A.

Garbage and recycling / by Debra A. Miller.

p. cm.-- (Hot topics) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4205-0147-6 (hardcover)

1. Refuse and refuse disposal. 2. Recycling industry. I. Title.

HD4482.M55 2009

363.72'85--dc22

2009018371

Lucent Books 27500 Drake Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48331

ISBN-13: 978-1-4205-0147-6 ISBN-10: 1-4205-0147-X

Printed in the United States of America 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 13 12 11 10 09

FOREWORD

4

INTRODUCTION

6

Our Hidden Garbage

CHAPTER 1

11

Garbage—Yesterday and Today

CHAPTER 2

28

The Recycling Solution

CHAPTER 3

44

Dealing with Hazardous Waste

CHAPTER 4

60

Waste Management—A Global Challenge

CHAPTER 5

75

New Waste Management Strategies for the Future

NOTES

93

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

98

ORGANIZATIONS TO CONTACT

100

FOR MORE INFORMATION

104

INDEX

107

PICTURE CREDITS

111

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

112

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