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Description - Why Do We Recycle? by Frank Ackerman

In Why Do We Recycle? Frank Ackerman examines the arguments for and against recycling, focusing on the debate surrounding the use of economic mechanisms to determine the value of recycling. Based on previously unpublished research conducted by the Tellus Institute, a nonprofit environmental research group in Boston, Massachusetts, Ackerman presents an alternative view of the theory of market incentives, challenging the notion that setting appropriate prices and allowing unfettered competition will result in the most efficient level of recycling. He explains why purely economic approaches to recycling are incomplete and argues for a different kind of decisionmaking, one that addresses social issues, future as well as present resource needs, and noneconomic values that cannot be translated into dollars and cents.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559635059
ISBN-10: 1559635053
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman is research professor at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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