Garbology Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

ISBN-10: 1583334343
ISBN-13: 9781583334348
Edition: 2012
Authors: Edward Humes
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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.

Edward Humes is a veteran journalist, contributing to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and has written numerous books including Baby E. R. and the bestselling Mississippi Mud, Mean Justice, and No Matter How Loud I Shout. A graduate of Hampshire College and a Pulitzer Prize winner, he lives in Southern California with his family.

Introduction: 102 Tons (or: Becoming China's Trash Compactor)
The Biggest Thing we Make
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Piggeries and Burn Piles: An American Trash Genesis
From Trash TV to Landfill Rodeos
The Last and Future Kingdom
Down to the Sea in Chips
Nerds vs. Nurdles
The Trash Detectives
The Trash Trackers
Decadence Now
The Way Back
Pick of the Litter
Chico and the Man
Green Cities and Garbage Death Rays
Put-Downs, Pickups and the Power of No
Epilogue: Garbage In, Garbage Out
Endnotes
Index

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