Topic: Recycling of municipal solid waste (MSW) and associated risks – covering Section #1 Objective #3. Here is a USEPA link that provides aIDitional information to the course outlines: http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics.
1. List and describe at least three approaches to MSW recycling (e.g., curbside pickup approaches and “drop boxes”) and distinguish among them (e.g., based on their efficiency, cost-effectiveness, etc.).
2. While MSW recycling is generally considered to be very safe for the environment, the generators and recycling workers, list and briefly describe at least three scenarios in which recycled products could be dangerous for generators or workers exposed to them (hazards and associated risks).
3. Perform your own basic “cost-benefit analysis” for recycling, listing and describing at least three benefits and three drawbacks to recycling. Overall, do you feel that recycling is worth the cost and effort? Please clearly justify your decision (there is no “right” answer, as long as you clearly justify your perspective).