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Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash / Edward Humes.

Humes, Edward. (Author).
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Thief River Falls Public Library 628.4409 HUM (Text) 35500005062821 Main Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781583334348 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1583334343 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: 277 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Avery, c2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "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 multi-billion-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.
"Narrative science book about trash"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2
    *Starred Review* We the people of America are "living in an official state of garbage denial," Humes, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author (Eco Barons, 2009), informs us, for we seem totally unaware that each of us, over the course of a lifetime, will generate 102 tons of trash. Zestful in his curiosity and irrepressible in his vivid chronicling, Humes takes us on a garbage tour, beginning with a hoarders' home, where an elderly couple were trapped and nearly killed by accumulated trash, and moving on to Puentes Hills, where a monumental Southern California landfill has become a garbage mountain. As Humes describes the complex and constant operations there, he swings into a fascinating history of trash, from ancient Athens and the first municipal dump to the "legendary filth" of nineteenth-century New York City to the crux of today's challenges, the "plasticization of America." The plague of plastic bags and bottles and mindless, credit-card-fueled consumerism has many dire consequences, the worst of which is the trashing of the oceans, which have become poisonous "plastic chowder." Then there arethe toxic politics and big business of garbage. But Humes finds hope in the innovative work of dedicated garbologists, trash trackers, and activists who are intent on exposing the hazards and travesties of excessive trash and pointing the way to the "low-waste path." Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author whose eleven previous books include Force of Nature, Eco Barons, and the PEN Award–winning No Matter How Loud I Shout. He lives in Seal Beach, California.

Subject: Refuse and refuse disposal > United States.
Environmental engineering > United States.
Salvage (Waste, etc.) > China.
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