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The garbage crisis : a global challenge for engineers

Author: Randika Jayasinghe; Usman Mushtaq; Toni Alice Smythe; Caroline Baillie
Publisher: San Rafael, California (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2013] ©2013
Series: Synthesis lectures on engineering, technology, and society, #18.
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This book will focus on "Waste Management," a serious global issue and the engineers' responsibility towards finding better solutions for its sustainable management. Solid waste management is one of the major environmental burdens in both developed and developing countries alike. An alarming rate of solid waste generation trends can be seen as a result of globalization, industrialization, and rapid economic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Juvenile literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Jayasinghe, Randika.
Garbage crisis.
San Rafael : Morgan & Claypool, 2012
(OCoLC)797335311
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Randika Jayasinghe; Usman Mushtaq; Toni Alice Smythe; Caroline Baillie
ISBN: 9781608458738 1608458733
OCLC Number: 827937166
Notes: Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 139 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction / Randika Jayasinghe --
Towards a just politics of waste management / Usman Mushtaq --
Expertise, indigenous people, and the site 41 landfill / Usman Mushtaq --
Waste management in the global north / Randika Jayasinghe --
Waste management in the global south : a Sri Lankan case study / Randika Jayasinghe --
Assessing the feasibility of waste for life in the Western Province of Sri Lanka / Toni Alyce Smythe. Acknowledgments --
Figure credits. 1. Introduction / Randika Jayasinghe --
1.1 Initial thoughts --
1.2 Waste management in the world --
1.2.1 Waste as a social dilemma --
1.2.2 Waste, shifting the responsibility --
1.2.3 Waste, a resource out of place --
1.2.4 Waste, through a "post-development" framework --
1.2.5 Environmentally and socially just waste management --
1.3 Definition of developmental status --
1.4 Structure of the book --
1.5 Final thoughts --
References. 2. Towards a just politics of waste management / Usman Mushtaq --
2.1 Introduction --
2.2 Environmental and social injustice --
2.2.1 Class and work --
2.2.2 Women and their families --
2.2.3 Indigenous peoples, NIMBYism, and sovereignty --
2.3 What exactly is social justice? --
2.4 Power and resistance --
2.5 Foucault's framework --
2.5.1 What is power? --
2.5.2 Where is power? --
2.5.3 How is power negotiated? --
2.5.4 How does power operate? --
2.5.5 What does resistance have to do with power? --
2.5.6 What do truth/knowledge have to do with power? --
2.5.7 How to analyze power? --
2.6 Modeling a socially just approach to waste --
2.7 Coming back to environmental racism --
References. 3. Expertise, indigenous people, and the site 41 landfill / Usman Mushtaq --
3.1 Introduction --
3.2 Akwesasne and General Motors --
3.3 Site 41 --
3.4 A history of site 41 --
3.5 Seeing site 41 through a social justice lens --
3.5.1 Discourse analysis --
3.5.2 Analyzing a discursive formation --
3.6 Excavating power at site 41 --
3.6.1 Landfills --
3.6.2 Environment --
3.6.3 Consultation --
3.6.4 Expertise --
3.6.5 Uncertainty --
3.6.6 Local knowledge --
3.6.7 Social impacts --
3.6.8 Authority --
3.6.9 Community resistance --
3.6.10 Indigenous peoples --
3.7 Identifying domains, institutions, forms of specification, and power at site 41 --
3.7.1 Domains --
3.7.2 Institutions --
3.7.3 Forms of specification --
3.7.4 Power relationships --
3.8 Towards a more just relationship to waste in Simcoe County --
3.8.1 Identify structures of oppression --
3.8.2 Working within social movements --
3.8.3 Using resistive design techniques --
3.9 Towards zero waste in Simcoe County --
References. 4. Waste management in the global north / Randika Jayasinghe --
4.1 Introduction --
4.2 Waste management in the global north --
4.3 Environmental inequality: siting of waste facilities --
4.3.1 Waste dumps in the U.S. --
4.3.2 Waste management in regional and remote areas of Australia --
4.4 Hazardous wastes: shifting the responsibility --
4.5 E-waste: skeletons of modern technology --
References. 5. Waste management in the global south: a Sri Lankan case study / Randika Jayasinghe --
5.1 Introduction --
5.2 Waste management in the global south --
5.3 Sri Lanka: the pearl of the Indian Ocean --
5.4 Waste management through a social and environmental justice lens --
5.5 Solid waste governance: who is responsible? --
5.6 Privatization of waste management --
5.6.1 Colombo's garbage mountain, the Blomendahl waste dump --
5.7 Informal waste pickers in Sri Lanka --
References. 6. Assessing the feasibility of waste for life in the western province of Sri Lanka / Toni Alyce Smythe --
6.1 Introduction --
6.2 Socio-economic feasibility --
6.2.1 Stakeholder analysis --
6.2.2 Health and safety risk assessment --
6.2.3 Identification and critical assessment of some potential sources of funding --
6.3 Technical feasibility --
6.3.1 Identification and critical assessment of potential sources of waste plastic --
6.3.2 Identification and critical assessment of potential sources of natural fiber --
6.4 Environmental feasibility --
6.4.1 Comparison of current practices in plastic recycling with waste for life process --
6.5 Future directions for WfL Sri Lanka --
References --
Authors' biographies.
Series Title: Synthesis lectures on engineering, technology, and society, #18.
Other Titles: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Responsibility: Randika Jayasinghe, Usman Mushtaq, Toni Alyce Smith, Caroline Baillie.

Abstract:

This book will focus on "Waste Management," a serious global issue and the engineers' responsibility towards finding better solutions for its sustainable management. Solid waste management is one of the major environmental burdens in both developed and developing countries alike. An alarming rate of solid waste generation trends can be seen as a result of globalization, industrialization, and rapid economic development. However, low-income and marginalized sectors in society suffer most from the unfavorable conditions deriving from poor waste management. Solid waste management is not a mere technical challenge. The environmental impact, socio-economic, cultural, institutional, legal, and political aspects are fundamental in planning, designing, and maintaining a sustainable waste management system in any country. Engineers have a major role to play in designing proper systems that integrate stakeholders, waste system elements, and sustainability aspects of waste management. This book is part of a focused collection from a project on Engineering and Education for Social and Environmental Justice. It takes an explicitly social and environmental justice stance on waste and attempts to assess the social impact of waste management on those who are also the most economically vulnerable and least powerful in the society. We hope that this book will assist our readers to think critically and understand the framework of socially and environmentally just waste management.

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