Here, Lee discusses the growing problems of garbage and waste disposal, but fails to clarify, elaborate, or document such...

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Here, Lee discusses the growing problems of garbage and waste disposal, but fails to clarify, elaborate, or document such bald statements as ""Most of the modern resource recovery facilities have been profitable for the leading companies that run them""; "". . .existing data indicate that at least 99.9 percent of the PCBs contained in municipal solid waste are destroyed by the high temperatures used in modern incinerators""; or, ""Today, no municipal waste is dumped into the ocean."" At times, Lee also seems to contradict herself--e.g., she notes that toxic substances in the ash from solid waste incineration result in disposal problems, and then urges ""creative solutions"" for disposal, noting that ""In Europe. . .ash from incinerators has been used both as fill material and as part of road construction materials."" This vital topic deserves a more thorough and authoritative treatment. Murky b&w photos; brief glossary; limited list for further reading; index.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1990

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Watts

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1990