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作者 Palko, Kathryn
書名 Shifting the pollution problem: Recycling plastics in southern China
國際標準書號 9780494152591
book jacket
說明 126 p
附註 Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2654
Adviser: Anne Marie Dalton
Thesis (M.A.)--Saint Mary's University (Canada), 2005
The thesis examines the effectiveness of recycling as a market remedy for the environmental impacts of wastes. A case study of the market for recycled plastic wastes is presented. Data was collected on the North American plastic waste market, and on environmental and labour conditions in nine plastics recycling factories in Guangdong, China, which import plastic wastes from developed nations for processing. Land and air pollution, as well as excessive work hours and occupational health concerns were identified. Findings show that the integration of plastics recycling into a global market has shifted the impacts of plastic waste management from North America to less powerful citizens in China. Additionally, the case study revealed the difficulty of tracing plastic waste as a commodity and thus, in determining accountability within a complex, global trading network. These findings strongly indicate that policies which rely on the market to provide environmental protection, are inadequate. Alternative policy instruments are suggested, which would shift environmental decision-making from the private to public sector
School code: 1104
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 44-06
主題 Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Environmental Sciences
Alt Author Saint Mary's University (Canada)
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