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Appropriate Technology and Public Policy: The Urban Waste Management System in Cairo

Kingsley E. Haynes and Sherif M. El-Hakim
Geographical Review
Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan., 1979), pp. 101-108
DOI: 10.2307/214240
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214240
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

The Cairo solid waste management system is described, and in particular the roles of the two ethnic groups that manage the system are examined. The impacts of proposed changes in the system are assessed and alternative "appropriate technology" related to the system's distance elasticity is recommended. Implications are drawn concerning the relationship between environmental issues and appropriate technology in developing countries, and the waste management system suggested by legislation in the United States is contrasted with the Egyptian maximum resource recovery approach.

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