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Garbology : Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash,9781583334348

Garbology : Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

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9781583334348

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1583334343
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/19/2012
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Penguin Group USA
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Summary

A Pulitzer Prizewinning 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 102 Tons (or: Becoming China's Trash Compactor)p. 1
The Biggest Thing we Make
Ain't No Mountain High Enoughp. 19
Piggeries and Burn Piles: An American Trash Genesisp. 36
From Trash TV to Landfill Rodeosp. 53
The Last and Future Kingdomp. 75
Down to the Sea in Chipsp. 97
Nerds vs. Nurdlesp. 115
The Trash Detectives
The Trash Trackersp. 131
Decadence Nowp. 143
The Way Back
Pick of the Litterp. 169
Chico and the Manp. 187
Green Cities and Garbage Death Raysp. 221
Put-Downs, Pickups and the Power of Nop. 240
Epilogue: Garbage In, Garbage Outp. 256
Endnotesp. 263
Indexp. 269
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