A Systems Approach to the Problems of Solid Waste and Litter

John R. Hall
Russell L. Ackoff

DOI: 10.2190/22VW-D07Y-2Q2G-FNUY


Three principal types of proposed solution to the urban solid waste problem are critically examined: a ban on one-way beverage containers, reclamation programs, and a weight-based tax. Then legislation involving a disposal tax is designed which increases the ability of communities to handle solid waste effectively and which produces a control system that learns from its own experience and adapts to changing conditions.

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