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Call Number: TD788 .H86 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-19
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage.
Garbage Crisis: Global Challenge by
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
This book will focus on "Waste Management," a serious global issue and engineers' responsibility towards finding better solutions for its sustainable management. Solid waste management is one of the major environmental burdens in both developed and developing countries alike. An alarming rate of solid waste generation trends can be seen as a result of globalization, industrialization, and rapid economic development. However, low-income and marginalized sectors in society suffer most from the unfavorable conditions deriving from poor waste management. Solid waste management is not a mere technical challenge. The environmental impact, socio-economic, cultural, institutional, legal, and political aspects are fundamental in planning, designing, and maintaining a sustainable waste management system in any country. Engineers have a major role to play in designing proper systems that integrate stakeholders, waste system elements, and sustainability aspects of waste management. This book is part of a focused collection from a project on Engineering and Education for Social and Environmental Justice. It takes an explicitly social and environmental justice stance on waste and attempts to assess the social impact of waste management on those who are also the most economically vulnerable and least powerful in the society. We hope that this book will assist our readers to think critically and understand the framework of socially and environmentally just waste management.
Waste and COVID-19
Waste and COVID-19
Roundup of resources describing COVID-19's impact on waste management practices.
Waste and Climate Change
Global Warming as a Manifestation of Garbage
Essay by Tian Song published in "Impasses of the Post-Global Theory in the Era of Climate Change."
Correlates garbage to global warming. Looks at the economic chain – upper and lower links. Points out how the upper link of resource extraction (like if water is pulled from a stream) that is economically driven, and is only that way because someone can afford to buy bottled water. That same person only chooses the bottled water because they have a place to throw it, and that it the lower link in the chain where the garbage ends up. The haves and have-nots so to speak.
The landfill and waste issues
Industrialized societies accumulate tons of waste, and the rising need for electronic devices only exacerbates the issue. The Sierra Club is pushing for standardization of electronic waste recycling, but so far it remains a limited market in the West. Recycling of electronics outsourced to India is done under terrible conditions, exposing workers to an array of toxic materials. Separation of organic and inorganic waste with subsequent recycling of everything from shoes to plastics into construction material is the base of an exemplary waste management program in the Philippines.
Landfill & Waste Issues
Virtually everything we use creates varying degrees of waste throughout its life cycle. Today, many nations face a looming waste management crisis, as their landfills reach capacity and continue to degrade the environment. Cheap labor costs in India are propelling a boom in the recycling of computer waste but at the cost of workers’ health. Whilst in Manila, achieving 'zero waste' is becoming a reality, as recyclable waste is turned into construction products. In Japan, electricity and heat generated from garbage incinerators is being used to run public buildings. 180 million kilos of disposable diapers per year end up in landfill in the Netherlands, but a recycling company has found an innovative way to turn them into raw materials. A Ghana entrepreneur creates an ingenious way to turn trash into handbags; and the US increases its e-waste recycling centers.