Materials recycling and industrial ecology.

Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, New York 12180, USA.
Nature Material (Impact Factor: 36.43). 05/2004; 3(4):199-201. DOI: 10.1038/nmat1101
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ABSTRACT New legislation has been passed in an attempt to minimize industrial waste and promote recycling. What does this mean for materials science?

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