Solving Seattle's Solid Waste Crisis

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    Abstract:
    The closing of two landfill sites creates a municipal crisis in Seattle, forced to find new disposal options for the 2,000 tons of garbage it produces each day. Political concerns over what appears to be the most practical disposal option--construction of a major municipal incinerator--prompts the city's Solid Waste Utility to undertake an innovative study to examine the extent to which recycling could minimize the city's trash disposal needs.

    Learning Objective:
    This case broadly examines the "Recycling Potential and Disposal Options" study with an eye toward understanding the relationship between the political process and the techniques of public policy analysis. The case is designed to frame questions as to the proper relationship between policy analyst and elected official, and the ways in which analysis is constrained, properly or improperly, by political considerations.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 1047.0
    Case Author: Howard Husock
    Faculty Lead: Alan Altshuler
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 12
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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