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The Resource Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash, Edward Humes

Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash, Edward Humes

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Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash
Title
Garbology
Title remainder
our dirty love affair with trash
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Edward Humes
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 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. "--
  • "Narrative science book about trash"--
Summary
The author identifies trash as America's largest export, discussing how the nation reached current garbage levels while explaining what families, communities, and countries are doing to reverse waste trends
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10116115
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Humes, Edward
Dewey number
628.4/40973
Index
no index present
LC call number
TD788
LC item number
.H86 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Refuse and refuse disposal
  • Environmental engineering
  • Salvage (Waste, etc.)
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • TRAVEL / General
Target audience
adult
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our dirty love affair with trash
Label
Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash, Edward Humes
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
2012001701
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9781583334348
Lccn
2012001701
Label
Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash, Edward Humes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
2012001701
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9781583334348
Lccn
2012001701

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