GARBAGE AND TRASH
Can We Convert Mountains Into Molehills?
Homer Neal, University of Michigan
J. R. Schubel, SUNY at Stony Brook
The United States faces a municipal solid waste crisis. We produce too
much garbage, much of it is too persistent, much of it is too toxic and the
perception is that in many parts of the country we are running out of ways to get
rid of it without adversely impacting the environment or the economy.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) --sometimes abbreviated to solid waste --is the
waste from homes, offices, businesses, and schools. The way MSW is defined
in the United States does not include waste from industrial processes. It is what
we usually think of as garbage and trash.
In this monograph, we concentrate our attention on the United States,
but draw upon other countries where thcre are important lessons to be learned.
The objectives of this monograph are to present a clear, concise, comprehensive,
and balanced formulation of the garbage and trash problem, to describe the
alternative ways of attacking the problem, and to assess the advantages and
disadvantages of the alternatives individually, and in different combinations. We
also point out where new data and information are needed and how technology
must continue to playa prominent role in the search for solutions.
This volume contains lots of data represented in a variety of formats.
Quantitative exercises based on this data must be provided by the user.