The management of municipal solid waste in Europe (Economic, technological and evironmental perspectives)

The management of municipal solid waste in Europe (Economic, technological and evironmental perspectives)

ELSEVIER resources, conservation and recycling Resources, Conservation and Recycling 15 ( 1995) 83 Book Review The Management of Municipal Solid ...

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resources, conservation and recycling Resources, Conservation

and Recycling

15 ( 1995) 83

Book Review

The Management of Municipal Solid Waste in Europe (Economic, Technological and Evironmental Perspectives), edited by A. Quadrio Curzio, L. Prosperettti and R. Zoboli. Available from: Elsevier Science, P.O. Box 211, 1000 AE Amsterdam, The Netherlands and from: P.O. Box 945, Madison Square Station, New York, NY 10159-0945. (November 1994, ISBN: O-444-81948-7 Hardbound, 264 pp. Price: US $195, Dfl. 240.00). This is the fifth volume in the very useful Developments in Environmental Economics Series. The text is based on a selection of papers presented at the International Workshop on Solid Waste Management, Milan, Italy, 21-23 April 1993 and organized by the Cariplo Foundation for Scienctific Research. The most important feature of this book is that it takes a broad, multidisciplinary look at the problem of management of municipal solid waste (MSW) . The author contributions include examinations of technological, institutional, economic and environmental issues, and highlight the numerous inter-relationships among them. Throughout, the main focus of the text is analysis of management policy. Thus, much usuable guidance for policy making at various levels of government is presented. The text contributes important and instructive information and thereby addressess significant requirements in the arena of MSW managment, for example, concerning the need for an integrated approach which combines demands of behavioral, technological and economic aspects of the many and differing parties that are involved (consumers, manufactures, disposal and recycling firms, and governments at all levels). Potential consequences which can arise from implementation and integration of economic principles into schemes for managemnt of MSW are both by theoretical analyses and analyses of specific example practices, nicely illustrated. Contributions which integrate the technological, environmental and economic aspects of the MSW management problem are still rare. Taken as a whole, this text is valuable. It represents a good solid attempt to present a campsite view of a highly complex and vast topic. Walter M. Shaub CORRE, Inc. P.O. Box 2248 Reston, VA 22090, USA Elsevier Science B.V. SSDIO921-3449(95)00026-7