Annotation:Minter grew up as the son of a scrap dealer in Minneapolis, and he knows for a fact that there’s big money to be made in what American consumers and industries throw away. What's that old adage? One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Annotation:Did you know that even in the U.S. almost 2 million people have no access to an indoor toilet? Me neither. And it’s not only in developing countries that human waste is a major public health threat. Disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Yet we rarely, if ever, talk about it.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:This book is on a number of my lists because I love it so. It is on this list for the chapter on the recycling industry in China. You know all those old computer parts and cell phones you've taken somewhere other than a landfill? Quite often they're shipped to China for them to deal with. Why China? Follow the money.
Annotation:What happens when that week-old burrito hits the bottom of your trash can? With a bit of the flavor of 'Fast Food Nation', Royte covers it all, from why garbage smells so bad, to the various recyclers who help along the way, the paper, aluminum, and plastic people. She makes every effort to be accountable for the waste she produces and the waste that she tries to divert, including her own human waste. She follows it ALL.
Annotation:Humes becomes a trash detective--what’s in it, how much we pay for it, how we manage to create so much of it--102 tons per person in their lifetime-- and how we might even prosper from it, even as average working Americans.
Annotation:The tale of maverick architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An amazing story of the little guy triumphing over bureaucracy while pursuing his dream of changing the way the world builds. [Language alert for younger viewers. ]
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Rubbish. Trash. Refuse. Litter. Junk. Scrap. Waste. Garbage. Not to mention all the recycling and food debris we put out every week for pickup. Whatever you call it, it's got to go somewhere to be dealt with. And where is that, by the way? Well, it depends.