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Resource Conservation and Recovery

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Local governments have a significant opportunity to reduce waste management costs, air pollution, GHG emissions and energy consumption through resource conservation and recovery. They are typically responsible for managing the waste generated within their municipalities and can implement strategies to help lower the costs to their communities. Solid waste management uses energy and generates GHG emissions, air pollutants and air toxics. The impacts are even greater when products are viewed from a lifecycle perspective: the extraction, production, use and disposal of goods and materials are responsible for an estimated 42% of US GHG emissions.

Local governments can reduce these costs and emissions by encouraging source reduction, and the reuse of products and materials, as well as composting and recycling wastes generated by their communities.

In this course, you are required to study the US EPA publication, “Resource Conservation and Recovery” provided as a pdf document as a part of this course. This document describes the steps to promote resource conservation and recovery techniques to reduce GHG emissions.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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