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Dana Joel Gattuso. Dana Joel Gattuso, “Mandated Recycling of Electronics: A Lose-Lose Proposition,” Issue Analysis, February 1, 2005. cfm. The hazardous e-waste stream is expected to explode to even greater proportions in the future, as technology continues its relentless advance. In the United States, because of a federal requirement that all TV signals switch to digital in June 2009, many older TVs will become obsolete and will likely be trashed, adding significantly to the volume of e-wastes.
Some American cities have far exceeded this national average, with cities in the West leading the way. Seattle, for example, implemented a mandatory recycling program in 2006 that requires households and apartments to keep all basic recyclables—paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, and yard clippings—out of 31 32 GARBAGE AND RECYCLING ordinary garbage containers. Businesses must recycle paper, cardboard, and yard waste. 4 percent. The city hopes to increase its recycling percentage to 72 percent by 2025 and is preparing to make recycling of food scraps mandatory in 2009.
In the case of chlorinated solvent gases, the area can be surrounded with a trench that contains powdered iron, which can react with the hazardous gases and turn them into less hazardous hydrocarbons. Nuclear Wastes Special issues arise with certain categories of hazardous wastes. For example, nuclear waste presents serious political and technical problems for which there are few satisfactory answers. Some lowlevel radioactive wastes are produced by the use of relatively small amounts of radioactive materials for electricity generation, medical diagnosis and treatment, biomedical and pharmaceutical research, and some forms of manufacturing.
Garbage and Recycling (Hot Topics) by Debra A. Miller