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    Materials Recovery and Utilization

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    Some raw materials are in scarce supply, and the cost of others have risen sharply. This has started the United States into a transition period, from being a “disposable” society into an era of widespread recovery, reclamation, and reuse of materials. The working of free market forces, rather than arbitrarily imposed incentive/disincentive plans, should determine how long the transition takes. It could be speeded, however, if several present disincentives to materials recovery and reuse were removed.


    conservation, reclamation, materials recovery, natural resources

    Author Information:

    Estes, EM
    President, General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Mich.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33887S