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Packaging, Policy and the Environment

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Envirnomental considerations and the great variety of related policies and legislation directed at packaging and packaged products have ensured a high profile during recent years.  Packaging, Policy and the Environment is an in-depth appraisal of the key environmental, policy, legislative and political issues for packaging and packaged products.

In examining the most important public and political issues concerning packaging, policy and the environment today, Geoffrey Levy has assembled a group of international experts to discuss responses and activities in different parts of the world.  The book covers critical topics such as integrated product policy and sustainable development, the impact of legislative developments and economic instruments, life cycle assessment of packaging, recovery and recycling of materials, integrated solid waste management, and packaging and environmental policies in North America, Europe, Japan, Australasia, Brazil, and South Africa.  Packaging, Policy and the Environment explores the vital and essential role that environmentally responsible packaging must play in all societies.

Contents:  1. Introduction: Packaging problem, European packaging legislation, Sustainable development, Integrated product policy, Producer responsibility, Packaging policies--from convergence & incongruity to coalescence, 2. Packaging's Role in Society: Early packaging, Preservation, The supermarket revolution, Types of packaging, Functions, Product losses through spoilage, Costs, Packaging reflects a changing lifestyle, 3. Packaging in the Environment--Perceptions & Realities: Perceptions are the reality, Comparable & consistent data, Facts, Environmental costs & burdens, Recycling, Realities, Accounting for the environment, Legislation, A necessity not an option, 4. Communicating with Consumers about Packaging: Consumer awareness of environmental concerns, Consumer views, Industry communication & action, INCPEN, 5. Packing & Environmental Legislation--The United States: U.S. regulation of solid waste disposal, Federal policy on recycling, State & local regulation of packaging content, Environmental advertising & labeling, Control of toxic substances, 6. Packaging & Environmental legislation--The European Community: Policy & regulation, Packaging & packaging waste, European community environmental legislation on packaging, National measures--Germany, The Netherlands & France, 7. Managing the Environmental Impacts of Packaging Manufacture: Modern packaging manufacturer, Review of processes, Environmental management & organisation, Categorisation of packaging environmental impacts, Identification & control of manufacturing impacts, Communication, 8. Life Cycle Assessment of Packaging: LCA in environmental management toolbox, Why LCA? Using LCA to optimize packaging & solid waste management systems, LCA in policy making, 9. Packaging Recovery and Recycling Policy in Practice: Critical factors of recovery & recycling, Integrated waste management - implementation, Continuous optimisation, Rethinking European waste policy & P&PWD, ERRA - European Recovery & Recycling Association, 10. Packaging and Environmental Policies--North America: Solid waste - key packaging issues, Priorities, Action & attitudes, 11. Packaging & Environmental Policies--Europe, 12. --in Japan, 13. in Australasia, 14. --Brazil, 15. --South Africa.

Geoffres M Levy, 2000, 412 p, illustrated.  (List: $229.00)  $115.00

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