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Waste disposal in first-nations communities: the issues and steps toward the future.

The Waste Crisis: Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future

Hans Tammemagi (1999)

Taking an extensive look at solid waste management in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , The Waste Crisis seeks genuine solutions. It examines the magnitude and intricacy in·tri·ca·cy  
n. pl. in·tri·ca·cies
1. The condition or quality of being intricate; complexity.

2. Something intricate: the intricacies of a census form.

Noun 1.
 of the problem, focusing on municipal wastes and analyzing them in relation to hazardous, biochemical, and radioactive wastes. The components of an integrated waste management program, including recycling, composting, municipal landfills, and waste incinerators, are explained, and the book describes the scientific and engineering principles underlying these technologies. Seven case histories illustrate both problems and solutions: the Fresh Kills Landfill The Fresh Kills Landfill on the New York City borough of Staten Island in the United States, was formerly the largest landfill in the world, at 2200 acres (890 hectares),[1] and was New York City's principal landfill in the second half of the 20th century.  (Staten Island Staten Island (1990 pop. 378,977), 59 sq mi (160 sq km), SE N.Y., in New York Bay, SW of Manhattan, forming Richmond co. of New York state and the borough of Staten Island of New York City. , New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
), the East Carbon Landfill (Utah), the Guelph Wet-Dry Recycling Centre (Ontario), the Swan Hills Landfill (Alberta), the Swedish Final Repository (Sweden), the Eagle Mountain Landfill (California), and the Lancaster County Municipal Waste Incinerator (Pennsylvania). The Waste Crisis is unique in its attempt to analyze waste management in a broad societal context and to propose solutions based on basic principles. It encourages readers to challenge commonly held observations about garbage and to seek new and better ways of dealing with waste. It also offers important tools for separating fact from fiction--a difficult task in a time when misinformation mis·in·form  
tr.v. mis·in·formed, mis·in·form·ing, mis·in·forms
To provide with incorrect information.

 about the garbage problem is as pervasive as the problem itself.

279 pages, softcover. Member: $33.95. Nonmember: $39.95. Catalog #966.

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Title Annotation:The Waste Crisis: Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future
Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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