by Viqi Wagner




Students must often make informed decisions about serious issues that will affect the course of their lives. Smoking, drunk driving, and violence are just a few of these challenging issues. Focusing on topics of special concern to students, the Issues That Concern You series helps make these complex issues less intimidating and more accessible. Each volume presents eight to twelve readings from a variety of perspectives that allow students to better understand and navigate the highlighted topic. Color photos, charts, graphs, tables and editorial cartoons reinforce information as well as present important statistical data. Each volume also includes factual analysis taken from a variety of government and research facilities, to tell students more of what they want to know about the issue. Relevant Web sites, a bibliography and thorough subject index round out each volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737743500
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2009
Series: Issues That Concern You Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 The Benefits of Recycling Outweight the Costs Economist 11

2 The Costs of Recycling Outweight the Benefits Michael Munger 22

3 Recycling Is Better for the Environment Adam Beazley 31

4 Electronic Waste Is a Major Recycling Problem Elizabeth Grossman 39

5 Recyclers and Governments Are Tackling the E-Waste Problem Andrew K. Burger 50

6 Curbside Recycling Increases When People Do Not Have to Sort Their Trash Susan Kinsella 59

7 Curbside Recycling Works Better When People Presort Their Trash Brian Taylor 68

8 Curbside Recycling Increases in Pay-as-You-Throw Communities Janice Canterbury Sue Eisenfeld 75

9 Forced Recycling Programs Do Not Work Per Bylund 84

10 Bottle Bills Are a Great Incentive to Recycle Jenny Gitlitz Pat Franklin 92

11 Bottle Bills Are a Poor Incentive to Recycle Business Wire 98

12 Plastic Bags Are Better than Paper Skaidra Smith-Heisters 102

13 Plastic Bags Are a Recycling Nightmare Katharine Mieszkowski 108

14 Reducing and Reusing Is Better than Recycling Melissa M. Ezarik 117


What You Should Know About Recycling 125

What You Should Do About Recycling 129

Organizations to Contact 133

Bibliography 140

Index 143

Picture Credits 152

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