Postprint version. Published in Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 44, Issue 2, April 1, 1978, pages 200-208.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author W. David Conn was affiliated with the University of California - Los Angeles. Currently, April 2008, he is Vice Provost of Academic Programs & Undergraduate Education and Professor of City & Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01944367808976893.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, which emphasizes resource recovery as a goal, provides for states or regional authorities to prepare comprehensive solid waste management plans. A review of the experience in California, where solid waste planning has been required since 1972, shows that communities have generally hesitated to include resource recover in their plans; this seems to be due largely to technological uncertainties, to the existence of economic and institutional biases against recovery, and to the lack of financial assistance for planning and implementation. Some of these obstacles may be overcome, at least in part, by provisions in the new federal act.
Urban, Community and Regional Planning