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Solid Waste Recycling and Processing, 2nd Edition by Marc J. Rogoff

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Introduction

This chapter provides an overall introduction to the most recent edition of the book. It provides basic statistics on waste composition and recycling rates in the United States and 16 industrialized countries.

Keywords

Solid waste management; greenhouse gas; municipal solid waste; global economy; waste generation; recycling

When the first edition of this book was written more than 20 years ago, the modern ways of recycling in North America was in its infancy. At that time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state and provincial governments were implementing solid waste plans mandating some form of local solid waste agency recycling program, these agencies had just began offering recycling opportunities, and ...

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