Catalyst 300 – Waste

Unsustainable economies create waste throughout the production process from extraction to the product’s end of life. Much of worldwide waste is incinerated, disposed of in landfills or in bodies of water. New materials decompose slowly while releasing environmental toxins and microplastics, which threaten humans and wildlife. This challenge addresses different types of waste throughout the production system.

Librarian for Catalyst 300 - Waste

Karlyn Schumacher | (920)-748-8750 | [email protected]

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Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects, and Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place.

Credo Reference: waste, waste management, recycling, landfill, hazardous waste, plastic, compost, toxic waste


Reserve Books: Found in the Franzen Center for Academic Support on Floor 3A

Search Terms: waste, recycle*, landfill, garbage, toxic waste, consumption, junk, commercialism

Discovery Search: Search books, ebooks, and articles in one place. 

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from another library. 


Academic Search Complete: Wide range of academic disciplines, including for scholarly and popular journals.

BioOne: Full-text journals in biology, ecology, and environmental science.

GreenFile: A collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles covering environmental studies.

JSTOR: Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.

New York Times: Access to news and archival content from NY Times. If you run into a paywall, here is more information on how to sign up.

ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.

Interlibrary Loan: Request articles and books not available via Lane Library for free. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here

Statistics and Government Sources

CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world

EPA: Find information about waste, landfills, and more from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gallup polls: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues. 

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities; Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. Access to information from federal agencies

US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses. 

World Almanac: found in Lane Library’s stacks, call number AY67 .N5 W7 State of Wisconsin government and demographic information 

World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics. Found in Lane Library stacks: AY67 .N5 W7

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