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Trash Management and Recycling
Last Featured: 6/16/2008

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With the nation's landfills reaching capacity, state and local governments are adopting new strategies to deal with solid and hazardous waste, from stepped-up recycling programs to exporting trash to foreign countries. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a fresh look at trash management and recycling programs and ask whether governments are cleaning up the problem or if their efforts are just one big waste.

Interview with a Garbage Sleuth
Host Margot Adler speaks with a freelance writer in Brooklyn who got curious about household waste and set out to learn where her own garbage goes.

Elizabeth Royte is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, National Geographic and other magazines. Her most recent book is Garbageland: On the Secret Trail of Trash.

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Interview with an Environmental Scholar, Part I
Host Margot Adler questions law professor Nick Robinson about trash and the laws governing its disposal.

Nicholas Robinson is co-director and founder of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies at Pace Law School, where he teaches a number of environmental law classes. He served as the former general council of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He is the author of numerous books, including "Environmental Law and Treaties of the United States," "Comparative Environmental Law and Regulation," and "Strategies Toward Sustainable Development: Implementing Agenda."

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Debate on the Issue: Recycling
Free-market advocate Adrian Moore and grassroots recycler Neil Seldman take on the 70s-era solution to waste disposal: recycling.

Adrian Moore is vice president of research at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore oversees all of Reason Foundation’s policy research and conducts his own research on government regulation and finance. Moore, who has testified before Congress, regularly advises federal, state and local officials on policy initiatives.

Neil N. Seldman, PhD. is founder and president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He co-founded the National Recycling Coalition and the GrassRoots Recycling Network. He has written extensively on the history of the U.S. recycling movement and contributes a column to Biocycle Magazine.

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Interview with an Environmental Scholar, Part II
Nick Robinson returns to discuss the federal regulation of landfills.

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Report from a Landfill
Reporter Charles Lane tells the story of Riverhead, New York, a community that's trying to turn its closed landfill into marketable resources.

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Defining Zero Waste
Host Margot Adler speaks to a leading authority of the movement about what "zero waste" means and whether it's even possible.

Eric Lombardi is currently the executive director of Eco-Cycle, Inc. the largest community-based recycling organization in the U.S. Co-founder of the global Zero Waste International Alliance, based in Wales, he is often a keynote speaker and consultant on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste - Or Darn Near” society.

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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
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The State of Garbage in America (Acrobat PDF)
Solid Waste Association of North America
The National Recycling Coalition
How To Compost
Zero Waste America
Waste to Energy
Everyday Trash
Gone Tommorow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
by Heather Rogers
Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
by William L. Rathje, Cullen Murphy
Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash
by Susan Strasser
Why Do We Recycle?: Markets, Values, and Public Policy
by Frank Ackerman
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming