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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.

Preface: In Defense of Recycling - by Governor George E. Pataki
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
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Report Credits and Acknowledgments

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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