Unintended Consequences: Municipal Solid Waste Management and the Throwaway Society – March 2005

The Municipal Solid Waste Management (MWSM) system was established a century ago to protect public health. It has been modified during the past 40 years in pursuit of public policy objectives of pollution control, resource conservation and, most recently, sustainable development. This 2005 report by Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman examines the successes and failures of “integrated waste management” in reaching those public policy objectives. Download File »

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