Gone Tomorrow The Hidden Life of Garbage

ISBN-10: 1595581200

ISBN-13: 9781595581204

Edition: 2006

Authors: Heather Rogers

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A sobering exploration of our high-octane trash output that was named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times and a nonfiction choice by The Guardian. Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you're soon faced with a bewildering amount of garbage. The United States is the planet's number-one producer of trash. Each American throws out 4.5 pounds daily. But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage. Said to "read like a thriller" (Library Journal), Gone Tomorrow excavates the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s to the present, pinpointing the roots of today's waste-addicted society. With a "lively authorial voice" (New York Press), Rogers draws connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our throwaway lifestyle. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change. 10 b/w photographs.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 5.28" wide x 7.52" long x 0.31" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Conquest of Garbage
The "Waste Stream"
Rubbish Past
Rationalized Waste
Technological Fix: The Sanitary Landfill
The Golden Age of Waste
Spaceship Earth: Waste and Environmentalism
Recycling: The Politics of Containment
The Corporatization of Garbage
Green by Any Means
Notes
Index
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