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Throwaway nation : the ugly truth about American garbage / Jeff Dondero.

Dondero, Jeff, 1947- author. (Author).
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Moorhead Public Library 363.7288 DON (Text) 33500013037015 New Checked out 09/27/2019

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  • ISBN: 9781538110324
  • ISBN: 1538110326
  • Physical Description: xiv, 281 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface: Everyone wants a pet, but no one wants to pick up the poop -- Talkin' trash -- Wasting our O2 -- Waterways waste watch -- Losing land -- Space junk -- Fish to farm to table to trash -- Fashion from trendy to trash: big-time blemishes of the beauty business -- Sweet and sour charity -- Paper waste chase -- Plastics: a blessing and a curse -- Packaging : Thinking inside and outside the box -- E-waste : The stuff we couldn't do without is now stuff we don't know what do with -- Opening Pandora's pharmacy -- The impaired industry of producing power -- The industry of waste -- Government's senseless super spending -- The 40 hour workweek waste -- Pet waste, the real poop -- Treasure from trash.
Summary, etc.: "Takes a look at the pileup of waste in the United States, including the problem of plastic, the industry of overmedication, e-waste products, everyday garbage, fast fashion trash, space waste, and other forms of profligacy that make our nation the biggest waster on the planet. Looking at the environmental impact of so much garbage, Dondero explores not just how we got here and where we're headed, but ways in which we might be able to curb the tide. From what you do and don't eat; what and how your products are packaged; the rampant production of clothes; the space and waste in which you work and live; what you breathe, eat, and drink; the tools you use to work and play; the energy overproduced and ill-used for a pleasant lifestyle; the waste you generate; and how humans are beginning to clutter the cosmos -- all these and more are profiled in the Throwaway Nation, as well as how to prohibit and mitigate the flow of our garbage and to use it productively"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1
    *Starred Review* Humans are the only known species to create nonbiodegradable waste, according to science-writer Dondero. While our microscopic predecessors left us with an oxygen-rich atmosphere and enriched soils, we pollute. While populations of other animal species reach a balance in nature, we proliferate exponentially. As a species, we produce many tons of waste every second, fouling our air, water, and land and threatening our future. In Throwaway Nation, Dondero enumerates our many wasteful ways, explains their consequences, and offers remedies. He asks every reader to help, suggesting actions that we can take as individuals and identifying difficult societal shifts needed to mitigate climate change, pollution, and depletion of natural resources. As the author's interests are wide-ranging—including debris in space, hours wasted in offices, and needless government spending—there should be a topic of concern for every reader. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jeff Dondero has a diverse background and experience in writing, ranging from web content, B2B, books, hard news, and interviews to feature writing. He began his career as stringer and freelancer for the San Francisco Examiner, worked as a reporter and editor for several suburban newspapers, was the entertainment editor for The Marin Independent Journal, a writer and editor of various magazines, wrote for KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area, toiled in a trade magazine mill, and created a website dedicated to sustainable construction industries ( He was invited as a writer-in-residence at the art colony in Rancho Vista, Arizona in 2014, where he wrote a slim volume of poetry. He continues to expand his national readership with books, social media, various writers’ blogs and websites, radio and television appearances. Jeff Dondero is also the author of The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and The Energy Wise Workplace: Practical and Cost-Effective Ideas for a Sustainable and Green Workplace (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Subject: Refuse and refuse disposal > Social aspects > United States.
Salvage (Waste, etc.) > United States.
Refuse and refuse disposal > Social aspects.
Salvage (Waste, etc.)
United States.

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