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Waste Not Want Not

The Production and Dumping of Toxic Waste

By Robert Allen

© 2010 – Routledge

258 pages

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No-one wants toxic waste dumped in their back yard. Dioxins and furans from incinerators, dangerous chemicals leaching from landfill sites and the apparently random dumping of nuclear waste are all clear threats to our health and lives. In fact any waste not properly dealt with can become dangerous - yet industry and state seem to collude recklessly in its production. Robert Allen describes the waste produced in Britain and Ireland and the woefully inadequate means of dealing with it. He looks, too, at governmental intransigence and dishonesty and at industry's refusal to consider the needs of local communities. He also gives an account of the available legislation governing toxic waste and the degree to which it will need radical change in the face of a rapidly growing problem. Waste dumping impinges on people's lives, and he examines some of the very successful campaigns against the many ill-considered dumping grounds. As governments only respond to pressure, there are valuable lessons to be learnt from these campaigns. This book sets out the nature of the problem and provides a basis on which to tackle it. Originally published in 1992


'The book describes a world gone mad, where the production of almost all the goods we use is predicated on enormous waste, and disregard for human and environmental health.' John Baxter, Socialist Review 'This book provides a brilliant resource for any critic of the system, socialist or otherwise.' John Baxter, Socialist Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Communities against Toxics 1. Derry and Du Pont Still Desperately Seeking a Toxic Dump 2. Inverness and Nontox A Tale of Toxicity 3. Pontypool and Rechem Fear and Loathing in a Welsh valley 4. Ellesmere Port and Cleanaway Twin Peaks: The story of a Town with Two Incinerators 5. Bonnybridge and ReChem Scottie, the Farmers, the Scientists and the Workers 6. Leigh Environmental, Lanstar, MBP, Caird, Wimpey Waste and Blue Circle Part Two: The Trade and the Toxins 7. The Toxic Waste Trade in Britain 8. Companies and Sites 9. Dioxins, furans, TCDD and 2,4,5-T 10. Toxic Waste and Health Conclusion Index

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General