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Fueling the Future

  • No Deposit, No Return
  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $85.00 Home use: $45.00 Series (public): $299.00 Series (home): $159.00
  • Date: Copyright 1988. Released 1991.
  • Descriptors: Recycling (Waste, etc.). Refuse and refuse disposal.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Diane Markrow. Color. Also available in Beta, Betacam, PAL . Stereo. 58 min.
  • Production Company: KBDI, Denver
  • Available from: The Video Project 5332 College Ave., Ste. 101 Oakland, CA 94618 (510) 655-9050, (800) 4-PLANET
  • Cataloging: 363.735 Refuse and refuse disposal|| Recycling (Waste, etc.)||Pollution
  • Awards: National Educational Film & Video Festival Gold Apple award, 1989.
  • Print Entry #: 3:952
  • Reviewer: Ellen R. Paterson

    Opening and closing with the infamous garbage barge, this is a detailed look at waste disposal, recycling, and reuse. These practices all have the goal of conserving resources and planning an energy strategy that is cost-effective, efficient, and responsible. Statistics on state recycling legislation from 1988 are no longer current, but the discussion of global warming and rising sea levels, toxic waste management, groundwater contamination, air and soil pollution from dioxin and heavy metals, and overuse of landfills are all very timely topics.

    The video showcases recycling and reuse efforts in several model communities and programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Colorado, as well as in Japan. Local government and consumer activists are interviewed along with several national experts who talk about the importance of individuals taking an active part in sorting recyclables and demanding products that can be reused or burned safely to provide heat and electricity. Product designers and packagers need to know what is acceptable even if that means deposits, fees, or taxes to encourage recycling and/or reuse.

    Superb black-and-white historical film footage and songs of the 1940s remind viewers of the concerted campaign to recycle during World War II. Narration is clear and well paced and the background music pleasing and thoughtful. This is very similar in content to America Recycles: Preserving Resources (American School Publishers, 1990 - see review in the Winter 1992 issue, entry no. 3:134). Highly recommended to high school, college, and adult audiences.

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