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Council of State Governments


This report portrays new perspectives on governmental problems related to solid waste management practices in the United States. It describes the difficulties involved in solid waste management in terms which permit better evaluation by political institutions. Some of the solutions offered extend beyond more familiar solid waste management functions. However, many of the views expressed are similar to those previously expressed by other organizations concerned with current problems of intergovernmental responsiveness. More specifically, the purpose is to describe intergovernmental needs and correlative innovative solutions to major problems. Information contained within this report should make a valuable contribution toward understanding the complexities of solid waste management and the role of state governments in the area. It was prepared by James Breithaupt, a Special Assistant for the Council of State Governments.


41 pages; available for download at the link below.


solid waste disposal, waste management