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This is the full text and tables of NRDC's report on the benefits of recycling. This report was published by the Natural Resources Defense Council in February 1997.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface: In Defense of Recycling - by Governor George E. Pataki
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Upstream Benefits: Reducing Pollution and the Use of Virgin Resources
Chapter 2: The Downstream Benefits: Decreasing Garbage and the Need for Landfill Space
Chapter 3: The Costs of Recycling
Chapter 4: What the Future Holds
Conclusion
Epilogue
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Report Credits and Acknowledgments

Tables
Table 1: Energy Savings and CO2 Impacts from Recycling and Incineration
Table 2: Recovery Rates for Materials Found in the U.S. Municipal Waste Stream

For printed copies of this report, see our Publications List,

last revised 4/9/1997

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