Packaging and Solid Waste Generation.

by Donald E. Lewis

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Investigates the possible contribution by the packaging industry to the solid waste management problem. Two questions were examined: (1) What effect does packaging have on solid waste generation? (2) How can the packaging industry's increasing effect on the problem be handled? Tables are presented that identify solid waste composition, show changes in its composition between 1952 and 1967, and also show the percentage changes for all categories of waste over that period. The percentage of waste materials associated with the packaging industry has risen. Several moves by federal and state agencies and the packaging industry itself are afoot to alleviate the growing waste contribution from the packaging revolution. More data are needed to determine the precise extent of this contribution to waste generation; and then it must be decided whether the packaging design should be controlled, or if the real solution to waste elimination lies in development of a satisfactory disposal system. 12 pp. Ref.

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