The American Beverage Industry and the Development of Curbside Recycling Programs, 1950–2000 – Autumn 2012

In this article, Bartow J. Elmore, a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural
Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, examines curbside recycling not as the quintessential model of eco-stewardship, but as a polluter-sponsored initiative that allowed corporations to expand their productive capacity without fixing fundamental flaws in their packaging technology.

He further explores the nexus of business, envirotech, and political history, and how American corporations enrolled government agencies to construct resource reclamation systems in the United States that became models for waste management programs in municipalities around the world.   Download File »

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