Periodically, the H-Environment discussion network publishes a roundtable discussion of a notable book. I was happy to participate in the new roundtable on Finn Arne Jørgensen’s recent book Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling. That roundtable discussion may be downloaded as a PDF from this link.
Our lively discussion brings up major points of debate about the intersecting histories of business, technology, and the environment. Except to see the questions considered here come up in the future; we raise concerns about downcycling and upcycling in our comments, and these issues will certainly be grist for some of my upcoming work.