Garbology Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

ISBN-10: 1583335234

ISBN-13: 9781583335239

Edition: N/A

Authors: Edward Humes

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of America’s biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trashThe average American produces 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime and $50 billion in squandered riches are rolled to the curb each year. But our bins are just the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century. InGarbology, Edward Humes investigates trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way , he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone you’ve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists residing in San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar. Garbologyreveals not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. Waste is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change—and prosper in the process.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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
Afterword
Endnotes
Index
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