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Gone Tomorrow

The Hidden Life of Garbage
Rogers, Heather (Book - 2005)
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From waste basket to landfill, a vertiginous descent into the mysteriously hellish world of trash. * The average American discards almost seven pounds of trash per day. * With only 5 percent of the global population, the U.S. consumes 30 percent of the planet's resources and churns out 30 percent of its wastes. * Garbage production in the United States has doubled in the last thirty years. * About 80 percent of U.S. products are used once, then thrown away. * 95 percent of all plastic, two-thirds of all glass containers, and 50 percent of all aluminum beverage cans are never recycled; instead they just get burned or buried. Every day a phantasmagoric rush of spent, used, and broken riches flows through our homes, offices, and cars. The United States is the planet's number-one producer of trash; each American discards over 2,600 pounds annually. But where does all that garbage go? In Gone Tomorrow, journalist Heather Rogers guides us through the grisly, oddly fascinating world of trash. Excavating the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s-an era of garbage-grazing urban hogs and dump-dwelling rag pickers-to the present, with its brutally violent mob-controlled cartels and high-tech rural "mega-fills" operated by billion-dollar garbage corporations, Rogers investigates the roots of America's waste-addicted culture. Gone Tomorrow also explores the politics of recycling, a popular but limited solution that, as Rogers points out, should only be seen as a first step toward much greater reform. Part exposé, part social commentary, this work traces the connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our disposable lifestyle.
Authors: Rogers, Heather, 1970-
Title: Gone tomorrow
the hidden life of garbage
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2005
Characteristics: xi, 288 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Heather Rogers
Contents: 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
ISBN: 9781565848795
1565848799
Branch Call Number: 363.7285 R726g 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Refuse and refuse disposal United States History
Topical Term: Refuse and refuse disposal
LCCN: 2005041562
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List - Trash talkin' by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 07, 2014

Americans produce the most waste of any culture on earth. Where does our trash actually go when it leaves our curb? The conclusion--garbage never really goes away.


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