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Waste is one of the planet's last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this "new" resource still poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In this unique book, Kate O'Neill traces the emergence of the global political economy of wastes over the past two decades. She explains how the emergence of waste governance initiatives and mechanisms can help us deal with both the risks and the opportunities associated with the hundreds of millions - possibly billions - of tons of waste we generate each year. Drawing on a range of fascinating case studies to develop her arguments, including China's role as the primary recipient of recyclable plastics and scrap paper from the Western world, "Zero-Waste" initiatives, the emergence of transnational waste-pickers' alliances, and alternatives for managing growing volumes of electronic and food wastes, O'Neill shows how waste can be a risk, a resource, and even a livelihood, with implications for governance at local, national, and global levels.
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ISBN-13: 9780745687407
ISBN-10: 0745687407
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 150 x 210 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.35 kg
Editura: Polity Press
Locul publicării: Chichester, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Kate O'Neill is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley.


Figures and Tables List of Acronyms Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1: The Global Political Economy of Waste Chapter 2: Understanding Wastes Chapter 3: Waste Work Chapter 4: Discarded Electronics Chapter 5: Food Waste Chapter 6: Plastic Scrap Conclusion: A World without Waste? Notes Selected Readings References