Waste Minimization/Reduction Initiatives and Consequences

by James C. O'Shaughnessy, Worcester Polytechnic Inst, Worcester, United States,
Paul D. Turpin, Worcester Polytechnic Inst, Worcester, United States,
Chris King, Worcester Polytechnic Inst, Worcester, United States,
Dennis Wike, Worcester Polytechnic Inst, Worcester, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: This paper summarizes the various waste minimization and waste reduction initiatives being implemented nationwide. Areas of evaluation include: Material Substitution, Production Modification, Recycling, Waste Recovery and Waste Exchanges. The study includes both the municipal and industrial areas and focuses on impacts, benefits and consequences of current solid waste management practices, as well as provides an indication of the future. The paper reviews regulatory strategies, government and industrial activities, non-profit organization educational efforts, and professional society positions and emphases. Some of the organizations evaluated include government agencies such as the USEPA, state agencies, waste exchanges, recycling organizations manufacturers groups.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Recycling | Industrial wastes | Water reclamation | Municipal wastes | Government | Professional societies

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