Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Issues

  title={Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Issues},
  author={Lester B. Lave and Chris T. Hendrickson and Noellette Conway-Schempf and Francis C. McMichael},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Engineering},
Municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling targets have been set nationally and in many states. Unfortunately, the definitions of recycling, rates of recycling, and the appropriate components of MSW vary. MSW recycling has been found to be costly for most municipalities compared to landfill disposal. MSW recycling policy should be determined by the cost to the community and to society more generally. In particular, recycling is a good policy only if environmental impacts and the resources used to… 

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