The Iowa Legislature's 1990 Waste Reduction Act aims to reduce by 50 percent the amount of garbage currently sent to landfills by the year 2000. Indeed, landfills are reaching their capacities and, along with changing consumer throw-away habits, alternative methods of disposing of garbage must be found. More and more public administrators are viewing recycling as an alternative method of community garbage disposal. According to Cynthia Pollock (Shea), senior researcher with World watch Institute, recycling offers communities the opportunity to trim their waste disposal needs -and thereby reduce disposal costs - while simultaneously reducing environmental stress (1987, p. 6). Pollock states that "the economics of recycling depend largely on the costs of alternative disposal methods, the markets for recycled products, and the expense associated with operating a recycling program" (1987, p. 27). This essay will discuss these three issues in relation to the public administrator.
© 1991 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
Williams, Natalie M.
"Taking Out the Garbage: Recycling as an Alternative to Landfills,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol6/iss2/3