In-Depth Studies of Recycling and Composting Programs: Designs, Costs, Results, Volumes I, II, and III

This three-volume study is one of the most comprehensive compilations on community recycling programs. It details aspects of 30 U.S. community recycling programs, each selected for its geographic and demographic representation, high recovery rates, and/or notable innovations. Each volume includes model initiatives for source reduction, construction and demolition debris recovery, food waste recovery, and salvage/reuse operations. … Read More

Making the Polluter Pay: The Case for a Minnesota Carbon Tax

Date: 5 Nov 1991 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 1991 report by David Morris looked at the implications of establishing a carbon tax in Minnesota. Minnesota should impose a carbon tax designed to raise revenue rather than to change behavior.  A reasonable tax might be $6 per ton, in line with taxes already imposed by European governments, although lower than those proposed by the European Commission.  Such a tax would raise the cost of energy and raise revenues and might encourage efficiency.
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Recycling and Economic Development in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. could be saving money and creating more jobs through its recycling program. This report compares the District of Columbia’s 1991 expenditures for solid waste disposal to projected expenditures for an aggressive recycling program/economic development strategy. The study offers a concrete plan that would save the District millions of dollars. by Neil Seldman, Roland Samimy, and … Read More

Beyond 40 Percent: Record-Setting Recycling and Composting Programs

Date: 1 Apr 1990 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The recovery of more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is now a reality. This report establishes materials recovery as a cost-effective, primary waste management strategy. The operating experiences of 17 communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are extensively documented. The book includes 58 charts with specifics of recycling and composting programs, breakdowns of capital and operating costs, … Read More

Salvaging the Future: Waste-Based Production

Date: 1 Jan 1989 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Using a hypothetical American city of one million people, this groundbreaking study on value added to discarded material presents a detailed forecast of the costs and benefits of recycling. Four common material commodities found in a city’s waste stream are analyzed to determine their ability to maximize value added to the city’s economy, and how each … Read More

Proven Profits from Pollution Prevention: Case Studies in Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction, Volume II

Date: 20 Feb 1986 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This compendium of case studies illustrates how various industries have achieved environmental goals through a primary emphasis on pollution prevention instead of on pollution control. Proven Profits from Pollution Prevention by Donald Huisingh, Larry Martin, Helene Hilger, and Neil Seldman ISBN: 0-917582-47-0

Be Your Own Power Company

Date: 5 Nov 1983 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This book by David Morris (first published in 1983) was the first how-to book published after Congress ended the 100-year-old monopoly by utilities on the generation of power.  The book examines the technical and economic aspects of four small scale power technologies (photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower and onsite cogeneration) and offers advice on how to negotiate a contract for sale of on-site power to local utilities.… Read More

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