GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Thu Feb 27 1997 - 09:11:00 EST

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 97 14:11 WET
Subject: Re: Airfilling vs. landfilling

Feb 27/97

Dear anonymous,

The phrasing of your questions belies your attitude and your question confirms that. Recycling makes sense in most areas of the country, whether or not the costs of recycling exceed the costs of landfilling. When companies, long opponents of recycling, dump virgin materials on the market at critical periods in the building of recycling infrastructure, there is a pretty warranted suspicion that part of the motive is to eliminate the economic incentives to recycling in the short term, so as to have their way with the consuming public in the long term.
That is my basic response to your question. However, I recognize that it doesn t answer it. So let me offer the following citations which do compare the costs of landfilling and recycling and other scenarios for nonhazardous waste management:

Data Summary of Municipal Solid Waste Management Alternatives, by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, August, 1992. NREL is located at 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401. Getting documents out of the right person there is like a trip to a blind dentist.
See also, Comparison of Environmental Impacts from Recycling by Norman P. Getz, Roy F. Weston, Inc. at GRCDA/SWANA 6th annual waste to energy symposium, 1/29-31/91.
See also, Frank Ackerman s new book whose title is something like Why Recycle .

-- Research Library for RCRA

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