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Author Porter, Beth, 1988- author.

Title Reduce, reuse, reimagine : sorting out the recycling system / Beth Porter.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]


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Description vii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-209) and index.
Contents The ecosystem of recycling -- When recycling was patriotic -- Running out of room -- Why reduce and reuse come first -- What's the point of recycling? -- Where your recyclables go -- How psychology affects recycling and waste -- Economics of recycling -- Taking action from your curbside to Capitol Hill.
Summary Ecosystems require balance to survive, and when that balance is compromised, disaster can befall the whole system. To keep a balance in our global ecosystem, we need to use resources efficiently, equitably, and sustainably. In both nature and economics, we observe that when a healthy distribution of resources is achieved, systems can not only function but flourish. The United States recycles roughly 34% of its waste and has been stuck at this level for decades. Recycling brings a balance to our system by managing resources in a loop. When done well, it benefits communities and the environment. Individuals are a key part of connecting this loop because we provide a supply of materials and a demand for new recycled products. But many of us don't know what happens after those items leave our homes. We're confused by inconsistent rules of what we can and can't recycle. Our confusion has huge consequences and is a reason why our recycling is stuck. Throughout Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine, Beth Porter provides answers to clear up that confusion, and shares great resources about recycling, explaining the complexity, guiding individual action, and contextualizing its history. This book reveals how we arrived at this state of dysfunction, and what steps we need to employ to be an active participant in strengthening our recycling system. Nature knows how to recycle itself, decomposing waste back into the soil to continue the circle of growth. We should follow its lead.
Subject Recycling (Waste, etc.) -- United States.
Waste minimization -- United States.
Recycling (Waste, etc.) (OCoLC)fst01092000
Waste minimization. (OCoLC)fst01171037
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management.
Recycling (Waste, etc.) (OCoLC)fst01092000
Waste minimization. (OCoLC)fst01171037
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Other Form: Online version: Porter, Beth, 1988- Reduce, reuse, re-imagine. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018] 9781538105405 (DLC) 2018015543
ISBN 9781538105399 hardcover ; alkaline paper
153810539X hardcover ; alkaline paper

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