Garbology

Garbology

Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash

Book - 2012
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"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage. Trash is America's largest export. Individually, we make more than four pounds a day, sixty-four tons across a lifetime. We make so much of it that trash dominates America's place in the global economy--now the most prized product made in the United States. In 2010, China's number-one export to the U.S. was computer equipment. America's two biggest exports were paper waste and scrap metal. Somehow, a country that once built things for the rest of the world has transformed itself into China's trash compactor. In Garbology, Edward Humes reveals what this world of trash looks like, how we got here, and what some families, communities, and other countries are doing to find a way back from a world of waste. Highlights include: Los Angeles's sixty-story garbage mountain, so big and bizarrely prominent that it has spawned its own climate, habitat, and tour business. The waste trackers of MIT, whose "smart trash" has exposed the secret life and dirty death of what we throw away. China's garbage queen, Zhang Yin, who started collecting scrap paper in the 1990s and turned it into a multibillion-dollar business exporting American trash to make Chinese products to sell back to Americans. Artisan Bea Johnson, whose family has found that generating less waste has translated into more money, less debt, and more leisure time. As Wal-Mart aims for zero-waste strategies and household recycling has become second nature, interest in trash has clearly reached new heights. From the quirky to the astounding, Garbology weighs in with remarkable true tales from the front lines of the war on waste"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Avery, c2012
ISBN: 9781583334348
Branch Call Number: ANF 628.440973 HUM
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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belalin
Jan 12, 2017

Worth reading. The only way we can save the planet and ensure that our children enjoy a decent lifestyle is to just stop buying things we don't need and wasting. It takes a half gallon of gas to produce 500 plastic bags. It is estimated that the US alone uses 150 million gallons of gas a year to produce plastic shopping bags. Do you have debt; its estimated that a family of 4 actually waste 40% of its income. Even if you only waste 10 or 20% of your income wouldn't you want to know how to save this. The solutions are not the same for everyone but this book could help you rethink your lifestyle and improve your finances.

leafsfan67 Sep 14, 2012

Did you know that almost every beach in the world contains billions of tiny bits of plastic? Or that a dump in California has an artist-in-residence program? This is a very readable book, filled with fascinating (and sobering) information.

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steph_peregrine
Jun 19, 2012

An eye-opening, if depressing, look at the wastefulness and environmental impact of our disposable-plastic culture. It does end on a slightly more optimistic note with some profiles of individuals who are trying to make a difference. Very interesting!

FRANCYNE PELCHAR May 14, 2012

very informative and well-researched overview of what and why we throw away. statistics on how usa compares to other nations in trash production.

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