First published in 1992, Waste Location seeks to widen and integrate the debate on the intrinsically spatial nature of waste disposal. The political and industrial significance of the new environmentalism of the 1980s came from the recognition of growing public pressure for environmental quality and product reliability. Attention was turned to waste as the product of consumption. As the political economy of waste was explored, new issues were raised: new technologies, recycling, pollution havens, waste minimization, location of landfill sites and incinerator facilities, and environmental crime, responsibility and planning. The 1990s sees the advocates of ‘cradle to grave’ responsibility still battling the promoters of market forces.
One of the major developments in the study of waste collection and disposal was the new forms of data collection and handling technology. The contributors consider both geotechnics and geographical information systems within this context. The focus on the geography of the UK is set within the broader framework of political economy and the international trade in pollution exports. The case studies presented range from bin analysis through a Bayesian perspective on risk to the global politics of international waste streams. Together, the contributors provide a comprehensive overview of the waste location debate in the early 1990s. Students of environment and climate change will find this book particularly enlightening.
List of figures List of tables Notes on contributors List of abbreviations 1. Paradise lost? Issues in the disposal of waste Michael Clark and Denis Smith 2. Land reclamation through waste disposal P. T. Kivell 3. The use of rock, soil and secondary aggregates as landfill cover in South Wales E. M. Bridges 4. The use of special waste consignment note data in waste planning for the Greater London area Julian Parfitt 5. The development and application of geographical information systems in waste collection and disposal Linda Crichton 6. Civic Amenity Waste Disposal Sites: the Cinderella of the waste disposal system P. C. Coggins, A. D. Cooper and R. W. Brown 7. A Geographic Information systems approach to locating nuclear waste disposal sites Steve Carver and Stan Openshaw 8. Heavy metals in soils and diabetes in Tyneside Simon Raybould, Y. Crow and K. G. M. M. Alberti 9. Burning questions: incineration of wastes and implications for human health Anthony C. Gatrell and Andrew A. Lovett 10. Assessing the health effects of waste disposal sites: issues in risk analysis and some Bayesian conclusions Trevor A. Sheldon and Denis Smith 11. Licenced to dump? A report on British Coal’s sea dumping in Durham Jonathan Renouf 12. Here today, there tomorrow: the politics of hazardous waste transport and disposal Denis Smith and Andrew Blowers 13. Narrowing the options: the political geography of waste disposal Andrew Blowers Index