Managing Wastes
A Guide to Citizens' Involvement

Jackson, John, Wallace, Barbara
Publisher:  Citizens' Clearinghouse on Waste Management, Cameron, Canada
Year Published:  1992   First Published:  1985
Pages:  40pp   Price:  $1.50  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3302

Second editon of booklet first published in 1984, outling how citizens can involve themselves in decision-making about waste management.

Abstract:  This booklet is an action guide: "You have heard that someone is proposing to build a waste management facility in your community. Or perhaps people in your neighbourhood are experiencing illnesses and you wonder if the problems may be caused by toxic chemicals leaking from a nearby dump. What do you do now?" Based on the experiences of a number of differrent citizens' groups, Managing Wastes: A Guide to Citizens' Involvement gives a clear outline of what to do and how to do it. The first section deals with obtaining information, and describes what kind of information you will need, where to get it, what kind of questions to ask, and how to get it. Some relevant laws are referred to. The second part covers starting a group, beginning with the question "Why a group?" Techniques for starting groups are described, including how to find other people, door-to-door canvassing, and public meetings. The next section is "Making public input", followed by "Conducting a campaign". There is a detailed chapter on running a group. There are four appendices covering: citizens' questions about water testing, hydrogeology, and site cleanups; general written resources; government services; and non-governmental organizations. The pamphlet is a very useful resource for any group wanting to take on toxic waste issues.

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